from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Table at Bible.
- n. Greek Mythology A Phrygian peasant who together with his wife Baucis received with great hospitality Zeus and Hermes disguised as men. The gods rewarded the couple by turning their humble cottage into a temple and by turning them in their old age into intertwining linden and oak trees.
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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Meliphagidae — the friarbirds.
- proper n. The eighteenth book of the New Testament of the Bible, the epistle of St Paul to a fellow Christian called Philemon.
- proper n. A male given name, always rather rare.
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- n. a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to Philemon asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping
- n. (New Testament) a Christian (probably living in Colossae) whose slave escaped and went to see Saint Paul
- n. (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
He took the pen and wrote an "F" above the "Ph" in the word "Philemon" in his book, to help him remember the pronunciation.
My kindergarten son, too, was ready to forgive as he prepared the following week for the Awana meeting, determined to get the word "Philemon" down.
Onesimus in the Epistle to Philemon, by the English word _slave_.
The story of Baucis and Philemon is in Ovid's Metamorphoses, viii.,
Then she talked of my father, by whom I mean him whom you call Philemon; and she made me promise I would care for him to the last with tenderness, saying that I would be able to do this without seeming impropriety, since she had willed me all her fortune under this proviso.
And yet I call Philemon 'our dearly beloved and fellow-laborer, 'I tell him that I send to him again Onesimus, who had been unprofitable to him in time past; but now, being a Christian, he would be profitable.
Interpreters continue to debate whether or not Paul is calling Philemon to grant Onesimus his freedom.
The less principal are, Archippus, and the church in Philemon's house.
This epistle to Philemon is placed the last of those with the name of
St. Paul's epistle to Philemon is put after his other epistles.