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Traditionally, Philemon is believed to have been a resident of Colossae in Phrygia. However, his residency is not indicated in the letter itself, but is deduced from a mention of his slave, Onesimus, in the Epistle to the Colossians, and depends on that letter being considered authentic. For further information on Philemon according to the epistle, see Epistle to Philemon
Beyond the information in the letter itself, early church traditions represent Philemon as Bishop of Colossae, and the Menaia of 22 November speak of him as a holy apostle who, in company with Apphia, Archippus, and Onesimus had been martyred at Colossae during the first general persecution in the reign of Nero.
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