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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 the Eastern Orthodox Church, 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 473,950 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Onesimus is the 726th most popular religious figure (down from 716th in 2019), the 340th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 336th in 2019) and the 48th 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 726 out of 2,238Before him are Josephine Bakhita, Romuald, Therese Neumann, Patriarch Nikon of Moscow, John the Merciful, and Umm Kulthum bint Ali. After him are Nectarios of Aegina, Papias of Hierapolis, Emma Morano, Nikephoros I of Constantinople, Andrea Amati, and Karmapa.

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Among people born in 1, Onesimus ranks 11Before him are Barnabas, Pope Linus, Pope Anacletus, Barabbas, Thomas Bangalter, and Silas. After him are Vologases I of Parthia, Shimon bar Yochai, Locusta, Joanna, wife of Chuza, Sextus Afranius Burrus, 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 340 out of 1,301Before him are Kaya Sultan (1633), Simplicius of Cilicia (490), David of Trebizond (1408), Bülent Ecevit (1925), Dio Chrysostom (40), and Aspar (400). After him are Nectarios of Aegina (1846), Papias of Hierapolis (70), Nikephoros I of Constantinople (758), Alexander Balas (-150), Tiberius III (700), and Argishti I of Urartu (-827).


Among religious figures born in Turkey, Onesimus ranks 48Before him are Theodora (815), Lydia of Thyatira (100), Erasmus of Formia (300), Theophilus of Antioch (140), Said Nursî (1877), and Evagrius Ponticus (345). After him are Nectarios of Aegina (1846), Papias of Hierapolis (70), Nikephoros I of Constantinople (758), Euphemia (289), Expeditus (300), and Tryphon, Respicius, and Nympha (null).