Philemon Bible Study Resources

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Philemon Bible Study Resources

Study questions, maps, charts, key words, history, background, outlines, and links to help you study both Paul’s epistle to Philemon.

Bible Study: Philemon: How to be a hero

The 10-page Philemon Study Guide includes an analytical outline.

Jump to: Background; ** Maps; ** Key Words; ** Encyclopedias; ** Commentaries; ** Articles; ** GotQuestions ** Next **

Philemon Basics

  • Author: Paul the Apostle
  • Who was Paul?
  • Date & Place: Written from prison in Rome 60-62 AD, along with Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians.
  • Genre: a personal letter
  • Purpose: Onesimus, a slave, ran away from his master, Philemon. Both have are now believers. Paul urges Philemon to accept Onesimus back as a brother.

Philemon Structure

  • 1:1-3 – Greeting
  • 1:4-7 – Thanksgiving
  • 1:8-20 – Plea for Onesimus
  • 1:22-25 – Greetings & Farewell

Genre: Understanding Epistles

Section 1: Background

Background & Outlines

Philemon NSAB Study Text

Philemon ESV Study Text

Chronology of Paul

Paul’s use of the Old Testament

Blue Letter Bible: Chronology of Acts/Epistles

Bible Atlas: Colossae

Blue Letter Bible: Philemon Outline 1

Blue Letter Bible: Philemon Outline 2

Ray C. Stedman: Overview of the Book

John MacArthur: Author, Date, Background: Philemon

NIV: Philemon: Introduction

ESV: Intro to Philemon

ESV: Global Message of Philemon

Synthetic Bible Studies – Philemon – James Gray (1906)

Keys to Philemon – William Orr

Through the Bible – Philemon – Myer Pearlman (1935)

Philemon: Introduction – James Van Dine

Philemon: Introduction – Charles Swindoll

Philemon: Introduction, Argument, and Outline – Daniel Wallace

Philemon – Notes and Outlines – J Vernon McGee

David Malick ( An Introduction To The Book Of Philemon

David Malick: Argument Of The Book Of Philemon

Section 2: Maps



Paul’s Conversion and Early Ministry– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s 1st Journey –

1st Missionary Journey of Paul– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s 2nd Journey –

2nd Missionary Journey of Paul– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s 3rd Journey –

3rd Missionary Journey of Paul– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s Journeys– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s Arrest and Imprisonment– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s Voyage to Rome– Holman Bible Atlas

Pentecost and the Jewish Diaspora– Holman Bible Atlas

Apostles’ Journeys –


Israel in New Testament Times –

New Testament Jerusalem –

Herod the Great’s Kingdom –

Herod’s Kingdom Divided –

The Kingdom of Herod Agrippa I – Holman Bible Atlas

The Kingdom of Agrippa II– Holman Bible Atlas

Expansion of the Early Church in Palestine– Holman Bible Atlas

Section 3: Key Words

Key Words in Philemon

Occurrences are based on New American Standard Text. “4x/3v” means the word appears 4 times in 3 verses. “3x” means the word appears 3 times in 3 verses.

Christ (8x) – Strong’s G5547 in Phm 1:1; Phm 1:3; Phm1:6; Phm 1:8; Phm 1:9; Phm 1:20; Phm 1:23; Phm 1:25

brother (5x/4v) – Strong’s G80 in Phm 1:1; Phm 1:7; Phm 1:16; Phm 1:20; sister (1x) – Strong’s G79 in Phm 1:2; Father (1x) – Strong’s G3962 in Phm 1:3

fellow (4x) – Strong’s G4904 in Phm 1:1 -worker; Phm 1:2 -soldier; Phm 1:23 -prisoner; Phm 1:24 -workers; partner (1x) – Strong’s G2844 in Phm1:17

appeal (2x) – Strong’s G3870 in Phm 1:9; Phm 1:10

love (3x) – Strong’s G26 in Phm 1:5; Phm 1:5; Phm 1:9

faith (2x) – Strong’s G4102 in Phm 1:5; Phm 1:6

slave (2x/1v)- Strong’s G1401 in Phm 1:16

confidence (2x) – Strong’s G3954 in Phm 1:8; Strong’s G3982 in Phm 1:21

refresh, refreshed (2x) – Strong’s G373 in Phm 1:7; Phm 1:20

accept (1x) – Strong’s G4355 in Phm 1:17

Section 5: Commentaries

Commentaries & Study Bibles

Top 5 Commentaries on Philemon –

Best Commentaries on Philemon – Tim Challies

Commentary Reviews: Philemon

Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible: Philemon

Albert Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible: Philemon

Alfords Exegetical Commentary: Philemon

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible: Philemon

Adam Clarke Commentary: Philemon

Geneva Study Bible: Philemon

Reformation Study Bible Notes: Philemon

Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: Philemon

RC Sproul Devotionals

Philemon 1-3 To Philemon and Company

Philemon 4-5 A Personal Yet Public Faith

Philemon 6 The Effective Sharing of Faith

Philemon 7 Joy and Comfort in Christ

Philemon 8 Sin’s Reality and the Ideal

Philemon 9-10 Apostolic Authority

Philemon 11-13 Onesimus’ Return

Philemon 14 Free Consent

Philemon 15-16 Sovereign Separation

Philemon 17-18 Receiving Onesimus

Philemon 17-18 The Costs and Demands of Love

Philemon 19-20 Paying the Cost

Philemon 21-22 Going Above and Beyond

Philemon 23-25 Final Greetings for Philemon

Section 4: Encyclopedias

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

City of Colossae

American Tract Society Colosse

Fausset Bible Dictionary Colosse

Hitchcock Bible Names Colossae

People’s Dictionary of the Bible Colosse

Watson’s Theological Dictionary Colosse

Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia Colosse

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary Colossae

Easton’s Bible Dictionary Colossae

Fausset Bible Dictionary Colossae

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible Colossae

Hastings’ Dictionary of the NT Colossae

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica Colossae

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Colossae

McClintock and Strong’s Bible Encyclopedia Colossae (2) Colossae


Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary: Paul the Apostle

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Paul

Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Paul

Fausset Bible Dictionary: Paul

Holman Bible Dictionary: Paul

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Paul the Apostle

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Paul

Morrish Bible Dictionary: Paul

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Paul, the Apostle

McClintock and Strong: Paul

The Nuttall Encyclopedia: Paul

The Jewish Encyclopedia:


Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary: Philemon, Theology of –

McClintock and Strong: Philemon, Epistle to

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Philemon, Epistle to

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Philemon, Epistle to

American Tract Society: Philemon

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Philemon

Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Philemon

Fausset Bible Dictionary :Philemon

Holman Bible Dictionary: Philemon

Hitchcock Bible Names: Philemon

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Philemon

Hastings’ Dictionary of the NT: Philemon Epistle toPhilemon

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica: Epistle to Philemon

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Philemon

McClintock and Strong: Philemon

Philemon – Hitchcock Bible Names: “who kisses”


Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Onesimus

Holman Bible Dictionary: Onesimus

McClintock and Strong: Onesimus

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Onesimus

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Onesimus

Onesimus – Hitchcock Bible Names: “profitable, useful”


American Tract Society: Timothy

Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary:

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Timothy

Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Timothy

Fausset Bible Dictionary: Timothy

Holman Bible Dictionary: Timothy

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Timothy

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Timothy

Morrish Bible Dictionary: Timotheus, Timothy

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Timothy

McClintock and Strong: Timothy

The Nuttall Encyclopedia: Timothy

Timothy in Acts:  Acts 16:1-3; Acts 17:14-15; Acts 18:5; Acts 19:22; Acts 20:4


Holman Bible Dictionary: Apphia

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Apphia

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Apphia

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Apphia

Apphia  is only mentioned in Philemon 1:2


Holman Bible Dictionary: Archippus

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Archippus

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Archippus

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Archippus

Archippus is mentioned in Philemon 1:2 and Colossians 4:17.

Section 6: Articles


James: Dennison: Paul, Philemon, Onesimus and the New Creation in Christ Jesus

Danny Oligner: A Redemptive-Historical Consideration of Philemon

John Mcray: Philemon, Theology of

David Malick: An Argument Of The Book Of Philemon

David Malick: An Introduction To The Book Of Philemon

Jerry Dodson: An Exegetical Overview of Philemon 18-20

John Piper: How Paul Worked to Overcome Slavery

Fred H Wright: Slavery in the Bible

Norman Geisler: Doesn’t Paul approve of the institution of slavery?

Section 7: Got Questions

Book of Philemon – survey

“What are the prison epistles?”

What should it mean to be a Christian employer?

Does the Bible condone slavery?

Why does the Bible allow slave owners to beat their slaves?

What does the Bible have to say to victims of human trafficking?

What is a bondservant?

Section 8: Next

Next: Hebrews

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Series: Resources by Book

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