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Ebionites (possibly from the name of their alleged founder, more probably from a Hebrew word = poor), a sect of Judaisers in the early Christian Church, described by Zeller as "the Christian successors of the Essenes, who practised Jewish rights, used unleavened bread in their mysteries, repudiated the authority of St. Paul, and denied the divinity of Christ." Their creed shows traces of the dualism coenmon to many pagan and early Christian schools of thought. Gradually they became absorbed in the obscurer Gnostic sects of the 2nd century.