" Nazarenes"), the ordinary oriental word for "Christians."
It circulated among the Nazarenes in Syria, and was composed, according to Zahn (op. cit.
According to the most recent investigations we may conclude that the Gospel according to the Hebrews was current among the Nazarenes and Ebionites as early as 100-125, since Ignatius was familiar with the phrase " I am no bodiless demon " - a phrase which, according to Jerome (Comm.
Epiphanius with his customary confusion makes two separate sects, Ebionites and Nazarenes.
The origin of the Nazarenes or Ebionites as a distinct sect is very obscure, but may be dated with much likelihood from the edict of Hadrian which in 135 finally scattered the old church of Jerusalem.
Though there is insufficient justification for dividing the Ebionites into two separate and distinct communities, labelled respectively Ebionites and Nazarenes, we have good evidence, not only that there were grades of Christological thought among them, but that a considerable section, at the end of the 2nd century and the beginning of the 3rd, exchanged their simple Judaistic creed for a strange blend of Essenism and Christianity.
NAZARENES (Naq'copaIoc), an obscure Jewish-Christian sect, existing at the time of Epiphanius (fl.
5) and geographical position of the sect, lead to the conclusion that the Nazarenes of the 4th century are, in spite of Epiphanius's distinction, to be identified with the Ebionites.
dissension in the ranks of the Nazarenes themselves.
Jesus led the sect of Essenes, the Nazarenes, who believed the End Time had come.
The questioners were pious Nazarenes who felt guilt toward God that they had to remain unwashed in their difficult circumstances.
Nazarenes who escaped will have escaped into the hills and the desert wilderness, and thence in to Arabia.
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