In 1 Timothy 1:20

20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.

In 2 Timothy 4:14-15

14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Be on guard against him yourself too, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.

Is 1 Timothy 1:20 speaking of the same Alexander as in 2 Timothy 4:14-15?


In the NT there are five people named "Alexander":

  1. A son of Simon, Mark 15:21
  2. A member of the High-Priestly family during NT times, Acts 4:6
  3. A Jew is Ephesus involved in the riot, Acts 19:33, 34
  4. An apostatized Christian, 1 Tim 1:19, 20
  5. A coppersmith who did Paul "great harm", 2 Tim 4;14, 15.

Are these all separate people or are some the same? We do not know. It is possible that Alexander #3, #4, #5 could possibly be the same person; or just Alexander #3 = #5; or any other combination.

We do not have enough information to say. However, the fact that Alexander #3 and Alexander #5 are both copepersmiths suggests they are the same person.

Ellicott suggests that Alexander #3, #4, &#5 are all (possibly) the same person but he is not certain.

Barnes thinks that #3 & #5 are the same person but cannot be certain. Other commentators are similarly vague and non-committal.

  • Where is Alexander #3 called a coppersmith? – b a Jan 3 at 14:22
  • @ba - you are correct - I thought that #3 was a coppersmith but I am mistaken – Dottard Jan 3 at 20:16

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