Elcesaite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Elcesaite (Eccl) One of a sect of Asiatic Gnostics of the time of the Emperor Trajan.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elcesaite One of a party or sect among the Jewish Christians of the second century, deriving their name from Elkasai or Elxai, either their founder or leader, or the title of the book containing their doctrines, which they regarded as a special revelation. Their belief and practices were a mixture of Gnosticism and Judaism, with much that was peculiar. They were finally confounded with the Ebionites.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Elcesai, the leader of the sect