Gospel of the Ebionites is the conventional name given to an apocryphal
gospel believed to have been used by a Jewish Christian sect known as
the Ebionites. All that is known of the gospel consists of seven brief
quotations found in a heresiology known as the Panarion, written by
Epiphanius of Salamis (pictured); he believed it to be a truncated and
modified version of the Gospel of Matthew. The quotations were used as
part of a polemic to point out inconsistencies in the beliefs and
practices of the Ebionites relative to Nicene orthodoxy. The text is a
gospel harmony of the Synoptic Gospels, composed in Greek with various
changes reflecting the writer's theology. It is believed to have been
composed some time during the middle of the 2nd century. Distinctive
features include the absence of the virgin birth and genealogy of Jesus,
an Adoptionist Christology in which Jesus is chosen to be God's Son at
the time of his Baptism, Jesus' appointed task of abolishing the Jewish
sacrifices, and an advocacy of vegetarianism. Although the gospel was
said to be used by "Ebionites" during the time of the early church, the
identity of the group or groups that used it remains a matter of
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