from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

    The Forbidden Gospels

  • Not surprisingly the prominent image of Mary in the encratic literature is the "male" Mary who is the Apostle to the Apostles.

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  • 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.

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  • Dialogue of the Savior 142. 5-7 (Syrian Christian encratic text, early second century)

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  • Commentary: Judas Thomas (The Twin in Johannine gospel) is the hero of early Syrian encratic Christianity.

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