The Apostles: Philemon

The name Philemon is of Greek origin and means loving.

In the New Testament, Philemon is a Christian in Asia minor who Paul writes a letter to. This letter makes up the book of Philemon in the Bible.

His wife is Apphia, which means increasing.

Philemon is considered to have been wealthy and possibly appointed as Bishop of Gaza, the church that met in his home.

Other early Christian writings state that Philemon and three other Christian leaders were “martyred at Colossae during the first general persecution in the reign of Nero”.

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