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[German Version]

A mainstream church designation for “heretics,” and especially for 2nd century Gnostics who effected a reassessment of the OT and venerated Cain as well as Judas Iscariot (use of the “Gospel of Judas” [NTApo I, 61990, 309f.]; Iren. Haer. I 31.1f.; Ps.-Tert., Adversus omnes haereses 2.5f.; Epiph. Haer. 38).



W. Foerster, ed., Die Gnosis: Zeugnisse der Kirchenväter, 1995, 57–59 (Ger. trans.)

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Hanig, Roman, “Cainites”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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