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New Defender's Study Bible Notes
1 prisoner. The letter to Philemon, like that to Ephesus and Colosse, was written during Paul’s first Roman imprisonment. Timothy was with him, though not himself a prisoner. See note on Colossians 1:1. All three letters were probably carried by the same messenger, probably Tychicus (Colossians 4:7-8), along with Onesimus (Colossians 4:9; Philemon 10).
1 Philemon. “Philemon” (meaning “friendly one”) evidently lived in Colosse, though his name is not mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. He was evidently well-to-do, with Onesimus having been his slave, and with the ability to provide lodging for Paul (Philemon 10,16,22).