Re: Re: Philemon 6

From: Edgar Foster (
Date: Thu Mar 12 1998 - 09:39:52 EST

Dear Rich and Cindy,

I haven't spent a great deal of time on the book of Philemon and I have no formulated
opinions on the exegesis of this verse. I do feel, however, that the discussion of
this matter in Vol. XI of the Interpreter's Bible is somewhat illuminating. The IB's
treatment of Philemon 6 is brief and is by no means decisive. We are simply told
that the verse is ambiguous. Note the comments below:

"Vs. 6 is difficult and the meaning is not clear. The confusion in the MSS as to
whether Paul wrote "in us" or "in you" no doubt grows out of the obscurity of the
sentence. As has been indicated, the preferred reading is "in us." Thus, the reading,
that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of all the good that is
ours in Christ" (IB, Vol. XI, p. 564).

Edgar Foster
Classical Languages Major

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