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Ebionites

Ebionites (ē´bēənīts´, ĕb´ē–) [Aramaic,=poor], Jewish-Christian sect of rural ancient Palestine, of the first centuries after Jesus. There were two groups, according to Origen. The Judaic Ebionites held closely to Mosaic law and regarded Jesus as a miracle-working prophet and St. Paul as an apostate. Gnostic Ebionites believed Christ to be a spirit, invisible to men, giving him the title "Prophet of the Truth."

See H. J. Schoeps, Jewish Christianity (1969).

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Ebionites

Ebionites (Heb. ebyōnīm, ‘poor men’). A sect of Jewish Christians of the early centuries CE. The sect emphasized the ordinary humanity of Jesus as the human son of Mary and Joseph, who was then given the Holy Spirit at his baptism; it also adhered to the Jewish Torah.

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