To meet the pressing need in Colossae, Paul writes a letter and entrusts it to Tychichus, who is on his way to Colossae with Onesimus, Philemon's slave (iv.
Many of the names mentioned in St Paul's Epistles are found here: Phoebe, Prisca, Aquilius, Felix Ampliatus, Epenetus, Olympias, Onesimus, Philemon, Asyncritus, Lucius, Julia, Caius, Timotheus, Tychicus, Crescens, Urbanus, Hermogenes, Tryphaena and Trypho(sa) on the same stone.
Onesimus, a slave, had robbed (vv.
4-7) his correspondent's character; it encourages him to make an appeal on behalf of the unworthy Onesimus (8-21), now returning (Col.
1), but elsewhere, possibly at Ephesus; yet Philemon may have been on a visit to Ephesus, for, even were the Ephesian Onesimus of Ignatius (Eph.
Ii.) the Onesimus of this note, it would not prove that he had always lived there.
His theological writings include three anonymously published religious romances - Philochristus (1878), Onesimus (1882), Silanus (1906).