The book of Philemon is a short
letter written by the apostle Paul to a slave owner in
Colosse by the name of Philemon. The letter is believed to
have been written at the same time as the book of Colossians
and was likely delivered to Colosse together with that
epistle around a.d. 60.
In this letter Paul speaks of
the slave Onesimus, who has apparently stolen from Philemon,
run away, and subsequently become a Christian through Paul's
ministry. Paul appeals to Philemon, also a Christian, to now
accept Onesimus as a fellow believer.