BSA Nov 26 - account. 4. What does Paul hope that Philemon...

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1. According to the hints given in the epistle, explain why the book of Philemon was written? It is obvious that Paul is asking, no, begging Philemon to accept and embrace Onesimus in light of his past. 2. What kind of person is Philemon? Why does Paul point that out? Paul points out that Philemon is a very receptive and willing Christian. He is showing that Philemon is a naturally loving person and needs to love Onesimus even though he is a runaway slave. 3. What kind of language does Paul prefer to use with Philemon—the language of command or the language of appeal? What might that say about the way “power” is (or ought to be) used in the Church? Paul uses the language of command. He tells Philemon to accept Onesimus regardless of his debt, to charge it to Paul himself. Paul then reminds Philemon that he owes him to some effect or another, thus inherently canceling any debt incurred by Philemon on Onesimus’
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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 Pauls 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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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course MISS 201 taught by Professor Culbertson during the Spring '08 term at Southern Nazarene.

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