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Perhaps this could be better flagged as a belief of the Eastern Church
There is no historical reference to this personage other than in Paul's letter. Even using this as a source, it takes a few leaps of supposition to suggest he was a runaway slave who stole something, was converted and was sent back to his master by Paul. I know that this is what some Christians (perhaps most, who have heard the story) believe. Perhaps this should be made clearer.
Onesimus Dating/Identity Conflicts
This paragraph is misleading:
"Due to this epistle from Paul, Philemon indeed accepted Onesimus as a brother and freed him of slavery. Although it is doubted by some authorities, it may well be that this Onesimus was the same one consecrated a bishop by the Apostles and accepted the episcopal throne in Ephesus following the Apostle Timothy. During the reign of Roman emperor Domitian and the persecution of Trajan, Onesimus was imprisoned in Rome and martyred by stoning (although some sources claim that he was beheaded)."
This article asserts Onesimus died in 68 A.D.
But: Domitian was Roman Emperor from 81 to 96 A.D. according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domitian and
Trajan was Roman Emperor from 98 to 117 AD. according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trajan
“According to later tradition, Paul consecrated Timothy as bishop of Ephesus in the year 65, where he served for 15 years. In the year 80 (though some sources place the event during the year 97, with Timothy dying at age 80), Timothy tried to halt a pagan procession of idols, ceremonies, and songs. In response to his preaching of the gospel, the angry pagans beat him, dragged him through the streets, and stoned him to death. In the 4th century, his relics were transferred to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. “ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Timothy.
And: “The pre-1970 Roman Martyrology incorrectly identifies Onesimus with the bishop of Ephesus who followed St. Timothy as bishop of Ephesus and who was stoned to death in Rome.” http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=4908
It should be clear to the reader that the slave Onesimus and Onesimus the bishop of Ephesus by necessity are two separate individuals, although it is interesting to note where confusion has historically existed.