from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to self-control and self-denial, especially in the forms of continence and fasting or abstinence from animal food.
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Today I am putting the finishing touches on the last section which deals with portraits of Mary Magdalene in encratic literature.
Not surprisingly the prominent image of Mary in the encratic literature is the "male" Mary who is the Apostle to the Apostles.
I also noticed that the sayings I could identify as secondary were of another variety altogether, focused on encratic and mystical traditions that were readjusting, tempering, taming, whatever you want to call it, the earlier eschatological perspective.
Dialogue of the Savior 142. 5-7 (Syrian Christian encratic text, early second century)
Commentary: Judas Thomas (The Twin in Johannine gospel) is the hero of early Syrian encratic Christianity.