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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DEMAS (PERSON) [Gk Dēmas (Δημας)]. Demas is mentioned by Paul in Philemon 24, along with Mark, Aristarchus, and Luke, as being among those fellow workers who were with Paul during his imprisonment (presumably in Rome or Ephesus). In Colossians, Demas is similarly portrayed and associated with Luke (4:14),
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Demas. One of Paul’s associates who was with him during one of his imprisonments. Little is known about Demas beyond the brief information given in the NT. Initially he supported Paul’s ministry and was mentioned in the salutations of Paul’s letters to the Colossians (4:14) and to Philemon (v 24). However,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
DEMAS One of Paul’s associates who was with him during one of his imprisonments. Little is known about Demas beyond the brief information given in the NT. Initially he supported Paul’s ministry and was mentioned in the salutations of Paul’s letters to the Colossians (Col 4:14) and to Philemon (Phlm 1:24).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DEMAS. Mentioned three times in the NT (Col 4:14; 2 Tim 4:10; Phm 24). This may be a shortened form of Demetrius (q.v.). He was a believer, and was evidently with Paul when he wrote Colossians and Philemon. Later, when writing II Timothy, Paul pens the dismal fact that Demas had forsaken him, “having
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
DEMAS. A co-worker with Paul in the first imprisonment, sending greetings in Phm. 24 and Col. 4:14. In the latter he alone is mentioned without commendation. There follows the pathetic notice of his desertion in the second imprisonment (2 Tim. 4:10; Parry neatly renders ‘left me in the lurch’). Paul’s
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Demas (Gk. Dēmás)A gentile coworker who shared Paul’s first imprisonment and sent greetings to Philemon’s community (Phlm. 24) and the Colossians (Col. 4:14). He apparently fell “in love with this present world,” deserted Paul, and went to Thessalonica (2 Tim. 4:10), causing a rift in Paul’s communities.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
DEMAS A resident of Thessalonica and a onetime disciple of Paul. He is listed in Philemon 24, along with Mark, Aristarchus, and Luke, among Paul’s associates during his first Roman imprisonment. In Colossians, Demas is named with Luke (Col 4:14), Aristarchus and Mark (4:10), Jesus Justus (4:11), and
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
De´mas (governor of the people), most probably a contraction from Demetrius, or perhaps from Demarchus, a companion of St. Paul, Phm. 24; Col. 4:14, during his first imprisonment at Rome. (b.c. 57.) At a later period, 2 Tim. 4:10, we find him mentioned as having deserted the apostle through love of this