The only way to understand a letter not intended for you is to imagine its narrative. What, then, is the story behind Paul's Letter to Philemom?
After Paul's death, followers imagined him in new situations and had him respond to new problems. Well and good, but, even if correct, so what? And why should anyone care?
Slavery stands as the single most contested issue in the history of biblical interpretation in the United States. What did slavery mean in the biblical world, and how did biblical authors respond to it?