Unformatted text preview: account. 4. What does Paul hope that Philemon will do upon Onesimus’ return? Paul wishes that Philemon greets Onesimus as he would greet Paul. 5. What does this letter explicitly say about the institution of slavery? What does it imply? Paul states that slaves with unbelieving masters should represent their God well. While, slave with masters who are followers of Christ should serve even better since they are brothers in Christ. 6. Given the purpose of Philemon, does it bother you that Paul does not explicitly condemn slavery? Do you think such a condemnation would have been more effective that Paul’s indirect approach? Not really… Paul was speaking to a world that did not view slavery as immoral or wrong. Paul sheds Christian light on the situation, not condemning it, but not condoning it either....
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- Spring '08
- Slavery in the United States, Paul of Tarsus, Epistle to Philemon