Paul's Epistle to Philemon, or Letter to Philemon and usually referred to simply as Philemon, is a prison letter to Philemon from Paul of Tarsus. Philemon was a leader in the Colossian church. This letter, which is one of the books of the New Testament, deals with forgiveness. Philemon was a wealthy Christian (possibly a bishop) of the house church that met in his home in Colosse. This letter is now generally regarded as one of the undisputed works of Paul. It is the shortest of Paul's extant letters, consisting of only 335 words in the original Greek text and 25 verses in modern English translations.— Excerpted from Epistle to Philemon on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.