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n.1.(Eccl. Hist.) One of an ancient religious sect, so called from Cerinthus, a Jew, who attempted to unite the doctrines of Christ with the opinions of the Jews and Gnostics.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The fierce Abantes held Euboea with its cities, Chalcis, Eretria, Histiaea rich in vines, Cerinthus upon the sea, and the rock-perched town of Dium; with them were also the men of Carystus and Styra; Elephenor of the race of Mars was in command of these; he was son of Chalcodon, and chief over all the Abantes.
During the final quarter of the fourth century, Epiphanius compiled a catalogue of heresies known as the Panarion, says Manor, and the 51st entry is the earliest mention of a certain group that explicitly rejected the Gospel and Apocalypse of John as works of arch-heretic Cerinthus. He calls them the Alogi.
Jenkins reviews sources by Irenaeus and Eusebius, on which Browning relies and suggests that "the poem's bitter portrayal of Cerinthus may well be intended as a covert attack on a leading Bible critic, perhaps ...
William Colbon was the only survivor of the Cerinthus after she was torpedoed in the South Atlantic in November 1942.
I burn more than the others; and I likewise, Cerinthus, burn if you are feeling a mutual fire for me.
He did this because, after the other Evangelists had written their Gospels, heresies had arisen concerning the divinity of Christ, to the effect that Christ was purely and simply a man, as Ebion and Cerinthus falsely thought.
John, the disciple of the Lord, preaches this faith, and seeks, by the proclamation of the Gospel, to remove that error which by Cerinthus had been disseminated among men, and a long time previously by those termed Nicolaitans...
In fact, he continues to note that already in the years following Christ's death at the end of the century, "'what the Roman's lowered spear was found, / A bar to me who touched and handled truth, / Now proved the glozing of some new shrewd tongue, / This Ebion, this Cerinthus or their mates'" (ll.
The merchant seaman was serving as the donkeyman, in the engine room, on the SS Cerinthus when it was torpedoed in the South Atlantic in November, 1942.
Though there is no reference to Cilicia or lying as such, Paul is charged with converting for ulterior reasons (wishing to marry a priest's daughter), something not far removed from deception.(67) According to Dionysius, Cerinthus (second century AD) `called the Apostle and his pupils in one of his letters false apostles and deceitful labourers'.