The Gospel of the Ebionites is the conventional name given by scholars to an apocryphal gospel extant only as seven brief quotations in a heresiology known as the Panarion.The quotations were embedded in a polemic to point out inconsistencies in the beliefs and practices of a Jewish Christian sect known as the Ebionites relative to Nicene orthodoxy. Distinctive features include the absence of the virgin birth and of the genealogy of Jesus; an Adoptionist Christology in which Jesus is chosen to be God's Son at the time of his Baptism; the abolition of the Jewish sacrifices by Jesus; and an advocacy of vegetarianism. It is believed to have been composed some time during the middle of the 2nd century in or around the region east of the Jordan River. Although the gospel was said to be used by "Ebionites" during the time of the early church, the identity of the group or groups that used it remains a matter of conjecture.
|Year Written: (Assumed)||100-160 AD|
|Scripture Type:||Apocrypha Fragments|
Apocrypha Fragments are works, usually written works, that are of unknown authorship, or of doubtful authenticity, or spurious, or not considered to be within a particular canon. They consist of a few sentences or pages, are incomplete, a small part of, broken off or separated from the complete writing or book.
|Further Reading:|| earlychristianwritings.com/text/gospelebionites.html|
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