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- n. Plural form of Elcesaite.
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The Elcesaites were a judaising branch of this Asiatic Gnosticism; Saturninus of Antioch, Ardo of Syria, and
Elcesaites said: "In [en] the name of the great and highest God and in the name of his Son, the great King".
A century and a half later, St. Epiphanius found it in use among the Sampsæans, descendants of the earlier Elcesaites, and also among the Ossæns, and many of the other Ebionite communities.
Another sect transplanted to Rome at this period was that of the Elcesaites.
However, St. Irenaeus's account of the Marcosians, Hippolytus's account of the Elcesaites, the liturgical portions of the "Acta