01 November 2008

Gospel of the Ebionites

A lost text that belonged to the Ebionites, a group of Greek-speaking Jewish-Christians in Palestine, possibly east of the river Jordan.
The only surviving fragments of text are preserved in the form of citations given by Epiphanius of Salamis (315-403) in his Panarion. Unfortunately his statements are hostile, contradictory and confusing.
This gospel is mentioned in the writings of Irenaeus (135-200), so it is likely to date from the first half of the second century.

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