Bible Names N-Z: Phygellus
Phygellus in Easton's Bible Dictionary
fugitive, a Christian of Asia, who "turned away" from Paul
during his second imprisonment at Rome (2 Tim. 1:15).
more is known of him.
Phygellus in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
2 Timothy 1:15, "all they which are (now) in Asia," (when they
were in Rome) "turned way from me," ashamed of my chain; in
contrast to Onesiphorus, "of whom are Phygellus and
Hermogenes" (compare 2 Timothy 4:16). Possibly it was at
Nicopolis, when he was apprehended, that those of Asia who had
escorted him so far turned away. Phygellus was one from whom
such cowardly treachery was unexpected.
Phygellus in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Phygellus in Naves Topical Bible
-(A Christian in Asia Minor)
-Turns away from Paul
Phygellus in Smiths Bible Dictionary
Phygellus in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
fi-je'-lus, fi-jel'-us (Phugellos; Tischendorf and Westcott
and Hort, The New Testament in Greek, with others, read
Phugelos, Phygellus or Phygelus (2 Tim 1:15); the King James
Version): One of the Christians who deserted Paul at the
time of his 2nd imprisonment at Rome. Paul mentions him,
along with Hermogenes, as being among those "that are in
Asia," who turned away from him then. What is meant may be
that Phygelus and Hermogenes, along with other native
Christians from proconsular Asia, were in Rome when he was
brought before the emperor's tribunal the second time, and
that they had not merely taken no measures to stand by and
support him, but that they had deserted him.
The meaning, however, may be that the turning away of
Phygelus and Hermogenes from Paul took place, not in Rome,
but in Asia itself.
The times during and immediately following the Neronic
persecution were more dreadful than can easily be conceived,
and the temptation was strong to forsake the Christian name,
and to do so in a wholesale fashion. A great community like
the Christian church in Ephesus or in Rome felt the terrible
pressure of those times, when for a mere word--a word,
however, denying the Lord who bought them--men were at once
set free from persecution, from the loss of property or of
home, and from death. 1 Peter records how the aftermath of
the Neronic persecution had extended far indeed from Rome,
where it had originated. Peter asks the Christians not to
give way under "the fiery trial" which is trying them (1 Pet
4:12), and those whom he thus addresses were the members of
the church throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and
Bithynia (1 Pet 1:1). The epistles to the seven churches in
Asia in the Apocalypse also show how sorely persecution had
raged throughout that province.
But in addition to the temptation to deny Christ's name and
to go back to heathenism or to Judaism, there was also
another which pressed upon some of the churches, the
temptation to repudiate the authority of Paul. Many passages
in the New Testament show how the name of Paul was sometimes
very lightly esteemed, and how his authority was repudiated,
e.g. by persons in Corinth, and in the churches of Galatia.
What is said here is, that among the Christians of
proconsular Asia, i.e. of Ephesus and the churches in the
valley of the Cayster, there was a widespread defection from
that loyalty to Paul which was to be expected from those who
owed to him all that they possessed of the knowledge of
Christ's salvation. "All that are in Asia turned away from
me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes." On the whole, all
the necessary conditions of these words are satisfied by a
reference to Rome and to Paul's environment there, and
perhaps this is the more probable meaning.
Phygellus in Wikipedia
Phygellus Scripture - 2 Timothy 1:15
This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned
away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
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