Here is something many of you who have been a Christian for some time have heard.
Philemon is the leader of the church in his house in the city of Colossi, and that Onesimus stole something from Philemon.
When we saw this in Dave Reese's article on the "t's and y's" most of us simply looked right over it but the fact is we cannot with any proof from the text say that either of these statements, opinions or assumptions were true.
These are additions to the text but where did they come from?
I learned that other Bible scholars say the same things. But did they get that from truly observing the text or did they put that into the text?
Actually I was looking to see where it originated and have yet to find it. I do know it was taught me by my Bible teachers at Bible college and many of you were taught it too. It seems to have gone back for many years, hundreds if not over a thousand years.
So it would seem Reese simply added a traditional teaching about Philemon and Onesimus into the text but without proof from the text.
Is traditional word of mouth teaching improper?
Would many of you feel it is corrupting the word of God?