Item description for The Letter to Philemon (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer...
Overview Paul's letter to his friend and fellow Christian Philemon has long inspired debate concerning the apostle's view of slavery. Was he asking that Onesimus be freed or pleading for lenience? In this commentary, Fitzmyer explores the social, political, and economic realities behind the epistle and asks what relevance it has for the church today. Insightful, challenging, and thorough! 138 pages, hardcover from Random House.
Publishers Description The apostle Paul's letter to his friend and fellow Christian Philemon, which focuses on the question of slavery, has long inspired debate. Onesimus, one of Philemon's slaves and a Christian himself, has left his master's house and sought refuge with Paul. In a letter to Philemon, Paul assures his friend that he is sending Onesimus back into captivity, but pleads for mercy on the slave's behalf, asking Philemon to treat him as a beloved brother and as he would treat the apostle.
Examining Paul's letter within the context of the social, political, and economic realities of the times, Fitzmyer sheds light on the question of whether Paul was suggesting that Onesimus be granted freedom from slavery or whether he was simply advocating a lenient treatment of this particular slave. His insights not only clarify Paul's position but show why the letter is relevant in the Church today.
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Studio: Yale University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.14 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2000
Publisher Yale University Press
Series Anchor Bible Commentary
ISBN 030014055X ISBN13 9780300140552
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More About Joseph A. Fitzmyer
Joseph A. Fitzmyer is a Jesuit priest and professor emeritus, Biblical Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He has edited and published numerous books on the New Testament, ancient Aramaic, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he has served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Society for New Testament Study. He lives in Washington, DC.
Joseph A. Fitzmyer currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. Joseph A. Fitzmyer was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Emeritus, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Joseph A. Fitzmyer has published or released items in the following series...
Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries
Semitic Background of the New Testament
Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls & Related Literature