Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Ancient heretics, who made their appearance in the reign of the emperor Trajan, and took their name from their leader, Elcesai. They kept a mean between the Jews, Christians, and Pagans: they worshipped but one God, observed the Jewish sabbath, circumcision, and the other ceremonies of the law; yet they rejected the Pentateuch and the prophets: nor had they any more respect for the writings of the apostles.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Elcesaites'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/e/elcesaites.html. 1802.