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  Ebionites - LoveToKnow 1911
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.
While Christians of the type of Aristo of Pella and Hegesippus, on the snapping of the old ties, were gradually assimilated to the great church outside, the more conservative section became more and more isolated and exclusive.
Ebionite views lingered especially in the country east of the Jordan until they were absorbed by Islam in the 7th century.
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 B'nai-Amen & Ebionites
The Ebionites were a branch of "Jewish Christianity" mentioned by several "Christian" writers.
The Ebionites, following these, assert that He was begotten by Joseph; thus destroying, as far as in them lies, such a marvelous dispensation of God, and setting aside the testimony of the prophets which proceeded from God.
But the heresy of the Ebionites, as it is called, asserts that Christ was the son of Joseph and Mary, considering him a mere man, and insists strongly on keeping the law in a Jewish manner, as we have seen already in this history.
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 Ebionites   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Ebionites (from Hebrew אביונים;, Ebionim, "the poor ones") were a post-Essene sect of Judean followers of Jesus which existed east of the Jordan River during the early centuries of the Common Era.
The Ebionite version of Matthew must have differed from the canonical version, for Symmachus the Ebionite wrote a commentary in the late 2nd century attacking the version of the Gospel that was circulating among Pauline Christians.
Ebionites believed that all followers of Jesus, whether they be Judean or Gentile, must adhere to Noahide Laws and Mosaic law albeit a more liberal interpretation and practice of the latter.
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The name may have been self-imposed by those who gladly claimed the beatitude of being poor in spirit, or who claimed to live after the pattern of the first Christians in Jerusalem, who laid their goods at the feet of the Apostles.
The milder sort of Ebionites were probably fewer and less important than their stricter brethren, because the denial of the virgin birth was commonly attributed to all.
These Ebionite Gnostics differed widely from the main schools of Gnosticism, in that they absolutely rejected any distinction between Jehovah the Demiurge, and the Supreme Good God.
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 Gospel of the Ebionites   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Ebionites were Greek-speaking Jewish-Christians who lived east of the Jordan, though Epiphanius oddly refers to the work as the "Hebrew" gospel and considers it to be a modified version of Matthew.
Most importantly, the Ebionites believed in an "adoptionist" Christology—that Jesus was fully human, but was chosen as the son of God at his baptism.
While Ebionites obviously postdates the canonical gospels, it was written prior to the late second century when it was referred to by Irenæus.
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 Evidence of the Ebionites
Thus the Ebionite belief that Jesus had the status of a prophet was not at all inconsistent with their belief that he was the King of Israel, who would restore the Jewish monarchy on his return.
Firstly, there are the summaries, already mentioned, of Ebionite beliefs found in the writings of the Church authors Justin Martyr (second century), Irenaeus, Hippolytus and Tertullian (end of the second century and the first half of the third), Origen (middle of the third century), and Epiphanius and Jerome (fourth century).
The standpoint of this incorporated section is that of the Ebionites: belief in the continuing validity of the Torah, insistence on the human status of Jesus as a prophet, and strong opposition to Paul as the falsifier of Jesus' teachings.
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 Christian Ebionites: The Original Christians?
The Ebionites, however, maintained that their views were authorized by the original disciples, especially by Peter and Jesus' own brother, James, head of the Jerusalem church after the resurrection.
Ebionite Christianity did not suffer these problems: Animal sacrifices were made to God but were never perfect; only when (finally) a human who followed the Law perfectly sacrificed himself, was the ultimate sacrifice made, thus ending the need for sacrifices.
When the later Pauline Christians discovered the Ebionites, and found that their Jewish beliefs were different to their own, they could not accept that they were the ones who had deviated from the truth.
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 Ebionism; Ebionites (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) :: Bible Tools
The sect in question seems to have assumed the name Ebionites, "the poor ones," from the first Beatitude (Matthew 5:3), claiming to be the continuation into the new dispensation of the "poor and needy" of the Psalms, e.g.
The characteristics of the Ebionites noted by them were, first, the negative one that they did not, like the other Gnostics, distinguish between the Supreme God and the Creator of the world--the demiurge--who was identified with the God of the Jews.
The Ebionites seem to have held under varying forms a doctrine of the Trinity, and their holding it is an evidence that the church at large held it, not of course in that definiteness it assumed later, but essentially.
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 Ebionite Community -- Restoring the Way of the Ancient Evyonim, Yahwism, and Renewed Covenant
The Ebionite Community is the living continuation of the Jewish religious movement of Jesus.
Today the Ebionites are informing people of good will about the true mission of Yeshua, and about the false system of belief introduced by Paul of Tarsus and other deceivers, and the culture that has grown up around their lies.
Ebionites are not gnostic; don't be misled by the ignorant.
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 Comments on the Ebionites   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Ebionites testified that Paul had no Pharisaic background or training; he was the son of Gentiles, converted to Judaism in Tarsus, came to Jerusalem when an adult, and attached himself to the High Priest as a henchman.
The Ebionites were stigmatized by the Orthodox Church as heretics who failed to understand that Jesus was a Divine person and asserted instead that he was a human being who came to inaugurate a new earthly age, as prophesied by the Jewish prophets of the Bible.
The Ebionites were not heretics, as the Church asserted, nor "re-Judaizers," as modern scholars call them, but the authentic successors of the immediate disciples and followers of Jesus, whose views and doctrines they faithfully transmitted, believing correctly that they were derived from Jesus himself.
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Some Ebionites accept, but others reject, the virginal birth of Christ, though all reject His pre-existence and His Divinity.
The milder sort of Ebionites were probably fewer and less important than their stricter brethren, because the denial of the
It is very hazardous, therefore, to maintain, as is sometimes done, that the distinction between Nazarenes and Ebionites goes back to the earliest days of Christianity.
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 Were the Ebionites a Legalistic Group?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Certainly the Ebionites were Jewish Christian and in some sense "law-observant"; but they were not "conservative" in the sense of strictly observing the commands of the Old Testament as this article states, nor is their any record of their criticisms of other Christians for ignoring the purity regulations of the Torah.
The Ebionite view is underscored by the Ebionite gospel quoted by Epiphanius, where Jesus says, "I have come to destroy the sacrifices" (Panarion 30.16.5), and the Ebionite Jesus indignantly rejects eating meat at the Passover: "Have I desired meat with desire to eat this Passover with you?" (Panarion 30.22.4).
We may regard the Ebionite attack on animal sacrifice as a "conservative" view if we wish, but it is certainly conservative in a very different way than the picture which Acts draws of followers of the literal letter of the Old Testament.
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 JewishEncyclopedia.com - EBIONITES   (Site not responding. Last check: )
They believed in the Messianic character of Jesus, but denied his divinity and supernatural origin; observed all the Jewish rites, such as circumcision and the seventh-day Sabbath; and used a gospel according to Matthew written in Hebrew or Aramaic, while rejecting the writings of Paul as those of an apostate (Irenæus, "Adversus Hæreses," i.
Some Ebionites, however, accepted the doctrine of the supernatural birth of Jesus, and worked out a Christology of their own (Origen, l.c.
The origin of the Ebionites was, perhaps intentionally, involved at an early date in legend.
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 FAQ Ebionites   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The most important is the descriptions found for Ebionites in the writings of the Muslim historian Abd al-Jabbar, the Torah, the negative comments of Christian church fathers concerning the Ebionites, and information disguised in the Christian New Testament.
Some Ebionites will not pray publicly because they consider it to be a private communication with God, and not to be done as a display or "test" of loyalty such as is involved in the "school prayer" issue.
Ebionites distinguish between prayer and public worship where benedictions and statements of faith are given.
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 Search Results for "Ebionites"
Ebionites, (e´benits´, eb´e-) (KEY) [Aramaic,=poor], Jewish-Christian sect of rural Palestine, of the first centuries after Christ.
Ebion, plural ebionim (poor)."At the end of the second century the Ebionites were treated as heretics, and a pretended leader (Ebion) was invented...
He held tenets influenced by Gnosticism and similar to those of the Ebionites.
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 NPNF2-01. Eusebius Pamphilius: Church History, Life of Constantine, Oration in Praise of Constantine | Christian ...
So Origen is acquainted with the Ebionites as an heretical sect, but, with a more exact knowledge of them than was possessed by Irenæus who lived far away from their chief centre, he distinguishes two classes; but the distinction is made upon Christological lines, and is very different from that drawn by Justin.
The name Ebionite was probably used in Jerusalem as a designation of the Christians there, either applied to them by their enemies as a term of ridicule on account of their poverty in worldly goods, or, what is more probable, assumed by themselves as a term of honor,—“the poor in spirit,”—or (as Epiphanius, XXX.
The question again arises whether Eusebius is referring here to the second class of Ebionites only, and is contrasting their conduct in regard to Sabbath observance with that of the first class, or whether he refers to all Ebionites, and contrasts them with the Jews.
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 bible.org: ISBE   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The sect in question seems to have assumed the name Ebionites, "the poor ones," from the first Beatitude (Mt 5:3), claiming to be the continuation into the new dispensation of the "poor and needy" of the Psalms, e.g.
Pelag., iii.2): "In the prophets, after they were anointed by the Spirit, sin was found." The change from akridas ("locusts") to egkridas (literally, "cakes of honey and oil"; compare Ex 16:31; Nu 11:8) in the account of the food of John may be due to the avoidance of animal food attributed to this sect.
Moreover, some of the Judaizers, that is Ebionites, are charged with forbidding to marry (1 Tim 4:3).
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 A Field Guide to Heresies
Ebionites were among the Judaizers who attempted to impose the Law of Moses upon Christians.
Ebionites were millenialists--those who believe in a literal 1,000-year reign of Christ on Earth.
Cerinthus (contemporary of the Apostle John) combined Gnostic views (separating the earthly Jesus who was the son of Joseph and Mary from the heavenly Christ) with the views of the Judaizers.
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 Who Are Ebionites & Their Importance for Christians?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One offshoot of James' ministry were the Ebionites, a sect whose name derives from the Hebrew "ebionim" meaning 'the meek' or 'the poor'.
Eusebius, the most renowned church historian, mocks the Ebionite views (remember he is a Gentile in the Western Church), saying that their name comes from their poor and mean opinion of Jesus.
In his book describing the background of the Ebionites, R Eisenman in The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered writes that James (the 'Zaddik' or 'Zadok', meaning Righteous) was the leader of the Jerusalem Church in the middle of the first century (40-60 AD approx.) The branch which was retrospectively called Jewish Christianity in Palestine.
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 Comparative Index to Islam : EBIONITES
Most of the features of Ebionite doctrine were anticipated in the teachings of the earlier Qumran sect, as revealed in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In Eusebius and Origen, they talked about the Ebionites being a two-fold sect, while the others do not make the distinction, and some scholars considered that Eusebius and Origen were confusing them with another group called the Nazarenes.
The Ebionites believed that any one can be a christ, but Muslims seemed to have a different idea of Messiahship.
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