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This front matter section of the book Patristic Evidence for Jewish-Christian Sects contains the table of contents and an introduction. The book is a collection of passages from early Christian literature regarding Jewish-Christian sects in the hope that scholars interested in the origin and development of Jewish Christianity in the first centuries may find it useful in their studies. Early Christian authors speak of Jewish Christianity merely as a heretical movement, although some representatives of these heresies were already supposed to have been present in the Apostolic Church. They divide Jewish Christianity into five different groups, each with its own characteristics: the Cerinthians, Ebionites, Nazoraeans, Symmachians and Elkesaites. The book of testimonies provides the opportunity of forming some conclusions about the history of Jewish Christianity which, although necessarily provisional, may be of use to those engaged in the study of this subject.

Keywords: Cerinthians; Ebionites; Elkesaites; Jewish Christianity; Nazoraeans; Symmachians



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