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Philetus

PHILETUS (fī-lē'tŭs, Gr. Philētos, worthy of love). Like several other men named in the Scriptures—[[Judas Iscariot]], Alexander, Demas, and Hymenaeus, for example—Philetus is remembered only for the evil he did. Paul alone mentions him as a false teacher in the church of Ephesus who, together with Hymenaeus, held that “the resurrection has already taken place” (2Tim.2.18); that is, he did not radically deny a doctrine of the resurrection but allegorized it into a spiritual awakening or conversion and not a bodily resurrection as Paul taught in 1Cor.15.1-1Cor.15.58.