unfrequently treated in this very manner. The first ofthese ancient Sabbatarian bodies was the Nazarenes. Of these, Morer testifies that, They "retained theSabbath; and though they pretended to believe as Christians, yet they practiced as Jews, and so were in reality neither one nor the other." And Dr. Frances White, lord bishop of Ely, mentions the Nazarenes as one ofthe ancient bodies ofSabbath-keepers who were condemned by the church leaders for that heresy; and he classes them with heretics as Morer has done. Yet the Nazarenes have a peculiar claim to our regard, as being in reality the apostolic church of Jerusalem, and its direct successors. Thus Gibbon testifies:-- "The Jewish converts, or, as they were afterwards called, the Nazarenes, who had laid the foundations ofthe church, soon found themselves overwhelmed by the increasing multitudes, that from all the various religions of polytheism 578
enlisted under the banner of Christ . . . The Nazarenes retired from the ruins of Jerusalem to the little town of Pella beyond the Jordan, where that ancient church languished above sixty years in solitude and obscurity." It is not strange that that church which fled out of Judea at the word of Christ should long retain theSabbath, as it appears that they did, even as late as the fourth century. Morer mentions another class ofSabbath-keepers in the following language:-- "About the same time were the Hypsistarii who closed with these as to what concerned theSabbath, yet would by no means accept circumcision as too plain a testimony of ancient bondage. All these were heretics, and so adjudged to be by the Catholic church. Yet their hypocrisy and industry were such as gained them a considerable footing in the Christian world." The bishop of Ely names these also as a body ofSabbath-keepers whose heresy was condemned 579
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