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Onesimus (Greek: Ὀνήσιμος, translit. Onēsimos, meaning "useful"; died c. 68 AD, according to Catholic tradition), also called Onesimus of Byzantium and The Holy Apostle Onesimus in some Eastern Orthodox churches, was probably a slave to Philemon of Colossae, a man of Christian faith. He may also be the same Onesimus named by Ignatius of Antioch (died c. 107) as bishop in Ephesus which would put Onesimus's death closer to 95. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Onesimus has received more than 338,812 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Onesimus is the 717th most popular religious figure (up from 768th in 2019), the 336th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 357th in 2019) and the 54th most popular Turkish Religious Figure.

Onesimus is most famous for his role in the book of Philemon. Onesimus was a slave to Philemon, and he ran away from his master. Paul, a Christian, met Onesimus and converted him to Christianity. Onesimus then returned to Philemon, his master, and asked for forgiveness.

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Among religious figures, Onesimus ranks 717 out of 2,272Before him are Jethro, Mahapajapati Gotami, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Thomas Wolsey, Theophilus of Antioch, and Vilna Gaon. After him are Saint Marinus, Josephine Bakhita, Lars Levi Laestadius, Antipope Ursicinus, Atiśa, and Maron.

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Among people born in 1, Onesimus ranks 13Before him are Pope Linus, Saint Veronica, Pope Anacletus, Barabbas, Thomas Bangalter, and Silas. After him are Locusta, Vologases I of Parthia, Shimon bar Yochai, Sextus Afranius Burrus, Joanna, wife of Chuza, and Nicanor the Deacon. Among people deceased in 90, Onesimus ranks 2Before him is Pedanius Dioscorides. After him is Artabanus III of Parthia.

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Among people born in Turkey, Onesimus ranks 336 out of 1,128Before him are Gregory Thaumaturgus (213), Theophilus of Antioch (140), Ismihan Sultan (1544), Tansu Çiller (1946), Komitas (1869), and Alaeddin Pasha (1250). After him are Gregory of Narek (951), Gennadius Scholarius (1400), Deiphobus (null), David of Trebizond (1408), Cornelius Castoriadis (1922), and Expeditus (300).


Among religious figures born in Turkey, Onesimus ranks 54Before him are Sabbas the Sanctified (439), Tryphon, Respicius, and Nympha (232), Apollinaris of Ravenna (101), Nikephoros I of Constantinople (758), Gregory Thaumaturgus (213), and Theophilus of Antioch (140). After him are Expeditus (300), Athanasius the Athonite (920), Euphemia (289), Agabus (100), Mammes of Caesarea (259), and Tarasios of Constantinople (730).