" Nazarenes"), the ordinary oriental word for "Christians."
It circulated among the Nazarenes in Syria, and was composed, according to Zahn (op. cit.
According to the most recent investigations we may conclude that the Gospel according to the Hebrews was current among the Nazarenes and Ebionites as early as 100-125, since Ignatius was familiar with the phrase " I am no bodiless demon " - a phrase which, according to Jerome (Comm.
Epiphanius with his customary confusion makes two separate sects, Ebionites and Nazarenes.
The origin of the Nazarenes or Ebionites as a distinct sect is very obscure, but may be dated with much likelihood from the edict of Hadrian which in 135 finally scattered the old church of Jerusalem.