Die Bitte des Paulus für den Sklaven Onesimus

Semantische und syntaktische Überlegungen zum Philemonbrief

in Novum Testamentum
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Interpretation of Paul’s letter to Philemon faces the problem that the situation is obscure. Paul only alludes to what has happened. It is common to presuppose the use of a rhetorical device which makes it possible to deviate from the literal sense of the passage. It appears that a philologically cautious translation of Philemon 8, 18 and 19 might be a starting point for a new understanding of the text.