You do not find an overabundance of figures of speech in Philemon. One reason for this is the fact that this is a letter that has a two purposes. One was to send Paul’s love and salutations to the believers in Colosse. The next was a business letter concerning the return of Onesimus and asking Philemon to bring him back into the household but not as a douloj but rather as Philemon’s Aamicus and cliens. This brings about a large change in the social status of Onesimus and elevates Philemon to the rank of Patronus.
6.1 Patronage was a tradition or concept that developed over time. It did not just one day appear, though it does seem to have ended with the end of the Roman Empire.
Looking through the Old Testament one finds a beautiful…show more content… Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
3. And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two…show more content… Then she arose with her daughters in law that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
There was a famine in the land, and Elimelech and his family went to Moab in search of food that was needed. While there, Naomi’s husband Elimelech died leaving Naomi a widow with two sons in Moab. Naomi’s sons then took wives of the women of Moab. The Bible says Ruth was the wife of Mahlon. The husbands (brothers) both died leaving all of the woman without husbands (Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth).
7. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
8. And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
9. The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
10. And they said unto her, surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11. And Naomi said, turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your