Philetus
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Philetus

amiable; beloved

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Philetus

(beloved) was possibly a disciple of Hymenaeus, with whom he is associated in (2 Timothy 2:17) and who is named without him in an earlier epistle. (1 Timothy 1:20) (A.D. 68-64) Thep appear to have been persons who believed the Scripture of the Old Testament, but misinterpreted them, allegorizing away the doctrine of the resurrection and resolving it all into figure and metaphor. The delivering over unto Satan. seems to have been a form of excommunication declaring the person reduced to the state of a heathen; and in the apostolic age it was accompanied with supernatural or miraculous effects upon the bodies of the persons so delivered.

ATS Bible Dictionary
Philetus

A heretic, excluded from the church for denying the resurrection, and promoting infidelity, 2 Timothy 2:17-18. See HYMENUS.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Amiable, with Hymenaeus, at Ephesus, said that the "resurrection was past already" (2 Timothy 2:17, 18). This was a Gnostic heresy held by the Nicolaitanes. (see ALEXANDER .)
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
PHILETUS

fi-le'-tus (Philetos (2 Timothy 2:17)):

1. The Nature of His Error:

This person is mentioned by Paul, who warns Timothy against him as well as against his associate in error, Hymeneus. The apostle speaks of Hymeneus and Philetus as instances of men who were doing most serious injury to the church by their teaching, and by what that teaching resulted in, both in faith and morals. The specific error of these men was that they denied that there would be any bodily resurrection. They treated all Scriptural references to such a state, as figurative or metaphorical. They spiritualized it absolutely, and held that the resurrection was a thing of the past. No resurrection was possible, so they taught, except from ignorance to knowledge, from sin to righteousness. There would be no day when the dead would hear the voice of Christ and come forth out of the grave. The Christian, knowing that Christ was raised from the dead, looked forward to the day when his body should be raised in the likeness of Christ's resurrection. But this faith was utterly denied by the teaching of Hymeneus and Philetus.

2. How It Overthrew Faith:

This teaching of theirs, Paul tells us, had overthrown the faith of some. It would also overthrow Christian faith altogether, for if the dead are not raised, neither is Christ risen from the dead, and "ye are yet in your sins" (1 Corinthians 15:17).

The denial of the resurrection of the body, whether of mankind generally or of Christ, is the overthrow of the faith. It leaves nothing to cling to, no living Christ, who saves and leads and comforts His people. The apostle proceeds to say that teaching of this kind "eats as doth a gangrene," and that it increases unto more ungodliness. As a canker or gangrene eats away the flesh, so does such teaching eat away Christian faith. Paul is careful to say, more than once, that the teaching which denies that there will be a resurrection of the dead leads inevitably to "ungodliness" and to "iniquity."

See HYMENAEUS.

John Rutherfurd

Greek
5372. Philetos -- "worthy of love," Philetus, an erring Christian ...
... 5371, 5372. Philetos. 5373 . "worthy of love," Philetus, an erring Christian
at Ephesus. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: Philetos Phonetic ...
//strongsnumbers.com/greek2/5372.htm - 6k
Library

The Bishops that were Well Known at that Time.
... [1943] At this time Philetus [1944] also succeeded Asclepiades [1945] in the
church of Antioch. ... [1944] Philetus, according to the Chron. ...
/.../pamphilius/church history/chapter xxi the bishops that were.htm

Origen's Zeal and his Elevation to the Presbyterate.
... Urbanus, [1957] who had been for eight years bishop of the Roman church, was succeeded
by Pontianus, [1958] and Zebinus [1959] succeeded Philetus [1960] in ...
/.../pamphilius/church history/chapter xxiii origens zeal and his.htm

Causes of Corruption Chiefly Intentional.
... matrimony. In his Epistle to Timothy [443] he relates that Hymeneus and Philetus
taught that the Resurrection was past already. What ...
/.../chapter xiii causes of corruption.htm

Letter P
... Isaac "Received 1834 * Parks, Simeon W. "Received 1834, Located 1838 * Parks, William
J. "Received 1822, Located 1827 * Parkus, Philetus "Received 1820 ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/bangs/an alphabetical list of m e preachers/letter p.htm

The Names and Descent of Other Æons; First Half a Score, Then Two ...
... [6701] Or Teletos (Teletus). Another form of this Æon's name is Philetos (Philetus =
Beloved). Oehler always reads Theletus. [6702] Cogor. ...
/.../tertullian/against the valentinians/chapter viii the names and descent.htm

Weak People Fall an Easy Prey to Heresy, which Derives Strength ...
... [1879] It is a comparatively small thing, [1880] that certain men, like Phygellus,
and Hermogenes, and Philetus, and Hymenæus, deserted His apostle: [1881 ...
/.../the prescription against heretics/chapter iii weak people fall an.htm

1 Cor. xv. 1, 2
... to Timothy called a gangrene, I mean, this wicked doctrine, and those that brought
it in he branded, saying, "Of whom is Hymenoeus and Philetus, who concerning ...
/.../homilies on the epistles of paul to the corinthians/homily xxxviii 1 cor xv.htm

2 Timothy iii. 4-Jan
... Thus it was then, both before and at that time. Then there was Theudas, then Simon,
then were the Apostles, then too this party of Hermogenes and Philetus. ...
/.../homily viii 2 timothy iii.htm

Faustus's Reasons for Rejecting the Old Testament, and Augustin's ...
... Of whom is Hymenæus and Philetus, who concerning the faith have erred, saying that
the resurrection is past already, and have overthrown the faith of some ...
/.../faustuss reasons for rejecting the.htm

Bishops of Antioch.
... Tyrannus, succeeded Cyril probably in 303, possibly not until 306, and lived until
the close of the persecution. Philetus, died not long before 229-231. ...
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Thesaurus
Philetus (1 Occurrence)
... (see ALEXANDER .). Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. PHILETUS. ... But this faith
was utterly denied by the teaching of Hymeneus and Philetus. ...
/p/philetus.htm - 9k

Hymenaeus (2 Occurrences)
... an opponent of the apostle Paul, who in the former reference associates him with
Alexander (see ALEXANDER), and in the latter, with Philetus (see PHILETUS). ...
/h/hymenaeus.htm - 13k

Phile'tus (1 Occurrence)
Phile'tus. Philetus, Phile'tus. Philip . ... 2 Timothy 2:17 and their word as a
gangrene will have pasture, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus, (See RSV). ...
/p/phile'tus.htm - 6k

Alexander (5 Occurrences)
... and so they "made shipwreck concerning the faith." 5. His Heresy Incipient Gnosticism:
In 2 Timothy 2:17, 18, Hymeneus is associated with Philetus, and further ...
/a/alexander.htm - 32k

Philemon (2 Occurrences)

/p/philemon.htm - 17k

Gangrene (1 Occurrence)
... Gangrene (1 Occurrence). 2 Timothy 2:17 and their word will consume like gangrene,
of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; (WEB ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV). ...
/g/gangrene.htm - 8k

Wounds (57 Occurrences)
... RSV NIV). 2 Timothy 2:17 And their words will be like poisoned wounds in
the flesh: such are Hymenaeus and Philetus; (BBE). 1 Peter ...
/w/wounds.htm - 22k

Pasture (120 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). 2 Timothy 2:17 and their word as a gangrene
will have pasture, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus, (YLT). ...
/p/pasture.htm - 33k

Poisoned (7 Occurrences)
... (See RSV NIV). 2 Timothy 2:17 And their words will be like poisoned wounds
in the flesh: such are Hymenaeus and Philetus; (BBE). Psalms ...
/p/poisoned.htm - 8k

Consume (136 Occurrences)
... DBY WBS YLT). 2 Timothy 2:17 and their word will consume like gangrene,
of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; (WEB). Hebrews 10:27 but ...
/c/consume.htm - 40k



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