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Nazarenes, Sect of
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In scholarly literature, the sect discussed in this entry is most often termed either Nazoreans or Nazarenes. Nazoreans is closer to the Greek form of the name in patristic sources, Ναζωραίοι. On the other hand, most English translations use the form Nazarene/Nazarenes when referring to Jesus’ byname derived from his hometown (Nazareth; Matt 2:23) and to the “sect of the Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5). Because the surviving literary sources link the name of the sect to Jesus’ hometown (see …

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Luomanen, Petri, “Nazarenes, Sect of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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