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Letter of Paul to Philemon – Outline

The epistle to Philemon is one of three letters that Paul wrote to the regions of Asia and Phrygia during his first Roman imprisonment. In this short letter, Paul appeals to Philemon regarding Onesimus, the runaway slave.

  • Prescript, 1-3 (Author, recipients, greeting)
  • Opening thanksgiving, 4-7 (Exordium)
  • Body middle, 8-20 (Note the inclusio in vv. 7 and 20)
    1. Prelude to the appeal, 8-16 (Probatio)
      • Manner, 8-9
      • Subject, 10-11
      • Circumstances, 12-16
        • Natural, 12-14
        • Divine, 15-16
    2. Specifics of the appeal, 17-20 (Peroratio)
  • Epilogue, 21 (Concluding statement)

Postscript, 22-25 (Travelogue, greetings, and benediction)

In addition to the outline, the PDF version of Letter of Paul to Philemon – Outline highlights additional rhetorical features, Greek text.


PDF ver. 2014-03-01
1 p. 4.67 x 7.08″ .06 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2011-05-28: New release

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Cities of Asia (NT)

Cities of Asia (NT) includes, first, an overview map of western Asia Minor, including a smaller context map; shows key cities of importance in the New Testament books of Acts, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Revelation. A second relief map of the Lycus River Valley highlights Laodicea, Hierapolis, and Colossae.

Cities on overview include: Ephesus, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Colossae, Pergamum, Thyatira, Smyrna, Sardis, Philadelphia, Miletus, Troas, and Assos.

Cities of Lycus River map include: Hierapolis (elev. 1400′), situated on a plateau, above hot springs; Laodicea (elev. 950′), situated in the valley, close to the river; Colossae (elev. 1850′), situated in the foothills at the head of the valley. Also shown is the proximity of the valley to Miletus, Ephesus, Philadelphia, Phyrgia, and Pisidian Antioch.

The map is particularly applicable to: Epistles of Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians. Ephesians, sometimes called the “Letter to the Asians,” was distributed here (cf. “read my letter that is coming from Laodicea,” Col 4.16).

The map is also more generally applicable to: Paul’s travels and ministries in the region of Ephesus recorded in Acts; First and Second Timothy: Timothy’s ministry from Ephesus; Christ’s messages for the churches of Asia in Revelation 2–3.


Note the PDF’s relatively large, 8.4 mb, download size.

PDF ver. 2014-03-01
2 pp. 7.08 x 4.67″ 8.4 mb (larger size)

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU; combined
2010-02-27: New release of individual products

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