Definition of Philemon
1. Noun. (Greek mythology) a simple countryman who offered hospitality to Zeus and Hermes when they came to earth without revealing their identities in order to test people's piety.
2. Noun. (New Testament) a Christian (probably living in Colossae) whose slave escaped and went to see Saint Paul.
3. Noun. A New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to Philemon asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping.
Generic synonyms: Epistle, New Testament
Definition of Philemon
1. Proper noun. (biblical character) The eighteenth book of the New Testament of the Bible, the epistle of St Paul to a fellow Christian called Philemon. ¹
2. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek male given name), always rather rare. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Philemon
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Onesimus, most likely only one of many slaves of philemon, fled away and, ... Hut philemon had a prior claim; Onesimus, as a Christian, was obliged to make ..."
2. Christian Workers' Commentary on the Old and New Testaments: Arranged in by James Martin Gray (1915)
"But it was addressed to philemon, beyond doubt, on the earlier occasion. ... In verse 23 Epaphras is named as one known to philemon, who, according to ..."
3. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"philemon Chrysopterus, Vieil. Brown ; wing-spot orange ; quill and outer ... philemon, Vieil. Blue and green ; varied nape; throat and base of quill fulvous ..."
4. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1825)
"philemon seems to have been a person of great worth as a man, ... According to Grotius, philemon was an elder of Ephesus ; Beausobre and Dr. Doddridge ..."
5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"BAUCIS, in mythology, a Phrygian woman, the wife of philemon. ... philemon and Baucis are, therefore, names often used to indicate faithful and attached ..."
6. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"philemon ET BAUCIS Opera in two acts by Charles François Gounod. Text by Barbier and Carré. IN the first act Jupiter comes to philemon's hut, accompanied by ..."
7. Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament by John Wesley (1850)
"ONESIMUS, servant of philemon, an eminent person in Colosse, ran away from his master to ... It seems philemon not only pardoned, but gave him his liberty; ..."