A heretic, excluded from the church for denying the resurrection, and promoting infidelity, 2Ti 2:17-18. See HYMENUS.
amiable, with Hymenaeus, at Ephesus, said that the "resurrection was past already" (2Ti 2:17-18). This was a Gnostic heresy held by the Nicolaitanes. (See Alexander .)
Coupled with Hymenaeus as "erring" (missing the aim: estocheesan), and holding that "the resurrection is past already" (2Ti 2:17), as if it were merely the spiritual raising of souls from the death of sin: perverting Ro 6:4; Eph 2:6; Col 2:12; compare 1Co 15:12, etc. (See HYMENAEUS.) So the Seleucians or Hermians taught (Augustine, Ep. 119:55 ad Januar. 4); the germs of Gnosticism, which fully developed itself in the second century.
Mentioned in St. Paul's Epistle to Timothy (2Ti 2:17) as an example of one of those who were doing harm by their false teaching on the subject of the resurrection of the body. For them the resurrection was past. It was a spiritual resurrection from sin to holiness, and there was no future resurrection of the body, no life to come. St. Paul says their teaching will eat away the true doctrine as a canker or gangrene eats away the flesh. Cf. Hymen
One mentioned with Hymenaeus as having taught that the resurrection was already past (probably allegorising it) by whom the faith of some had been overthrown. Their evil doctrine would eat as a canker, or gangrene. 2Ti 2:17.
(beloved) was possibly a disciple of Hymenaeus, with whom he is associated in
and who is named without him in an earlier epistle.
(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.