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Demas, mentioned by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament of the Bible, appears to have been a man involved in the ministry as a companion of Paul.[1][2] He was with Paul during his first imprisonment in Rome,[3] but later when Paul wrote Second Timothy he said that Demas had forsaken him, "having loved this present world."

Fictional References[edit]

In The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan writes of Demas, a deceiver, who beckons to pilgrims at the Hill Lucre, urging them to join in the supposed silver mining being carried out there.

In Shane Johnson's 2007 novel, "The Demas Revelation," Demas plays a pivotal role in the plot of the story and lends his name to the title.

In Jane Eyre, St. John warns Jane from committing the vice of Demas when trying to convince her to join him as a missionary in India.


  1. ^ Epistle to the Colossians, chapter 4, verse 14
  2. ^ Epistle to Philemon, chapter 1, verse 24.
  3. ^ Acts of the Apostles, chapter 28, verse 16