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Demas is mentioned on three separate occasions by Paul:
- In Philemon he is mentioned as a "fellow worker".[Philemon 1:24]
- In Colossians he is mentioned along with Luke (the physician and writer of the Gospel of Luke and Acts).[Colossians 4:14]
- In Second Timothy, a letter ascribed to Paul but whose Pauline attribution is generally rejected by modern scholars, where it is mentioned that "...for Demas, because he loved this world, he has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica." [2Timothy 4:10a]
Demas has been described as "one of the most intriguing biblical bit players." 
In addition to the Biblical accounts, Demas is also mentioned in the Acts of Paul and Thecla.
- The Book on Leadership, John McArthur (Nelson Books, 2004), pp.198-199
- Traditionally, Paul is considered the author of 2 Timothy. However, there is dispute of Paul's authorship, as stated in the Wikipedia article on 2 Timothy.
- The Rich Single Life: Abundance, Opportunity & Purpose in God, Andrew Farmer (Sovereign Press Ministries, 2008), p.67
- Twomey, Jay (2009). The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries. p. 186. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
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