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Greek: Ὑμέναιος —transliteration: Humenaios —derived from Humén (Humen, Hymen), the Greek god of weddings

This heretic is mentioned by name twice in Scripture (1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:17)—named in connection with Alexander (the coppersmith) and also Philetus. The apostle Paul denounced him as a blasphemer.

Scripture does not fully describe his heresy, but apparently Hymenaeus denied the future physical resurrection of the born again (2 Timothy 2:17-18), as taught by Jesus Christ (John 5:25-29) and Paul (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). He claimed, instead, that the believer’s “resurrection” only happens in a spiritual sense, occurring at the moment one is born again.

This heresy was apparently taught by the Nicolaitanes.

Author: Paul S. Taylor, Christian Answers

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