PHILEMON: 5 Books Every Pastor Should Read

PHILEMON: 5 Books Every Pastor Should Read June 27, 2020

PHILEMON: Check out these recommended resources for pastors and Bible study.


John M.G. Barclay, Colossians and Philemon

This short introduction is remarkably insightful regarding how academics approach the background and situation of Paul’s letter to Philemon.

John Byron, A Week in the Life of a Slave

My friend John Byron has written a stimulating “historical fiction” account of Philemon’s church and the life of Onesimus. This is a must-read resource!

Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race, and Slavery in Philemon

 African America scholars discuss elements of race, religion, and culture related to this letter and its impact on American history and academic scholarship.

J. Albert Harrill, Slaves in the New Testament

In order to properly understand the world of Philemon and Onesimus, you have to understand Roman slavery. Harrill is a noted expert on this subject.


Lisa Bowens, African American Readings of Paul: Reception, Resistance, and Transformation

This book is a bit off topic to Philemon, but I wanted to highlight it because it is coming soon (Oct 2020). Bowens offers a history of African American interpretation of Paul. I can’t wait to read it!


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