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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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a name given to such philosophers as adopted the doctrines of Plato. They were so called from the Academia, a grove near Athens, where they studied and lectured. The Academics are divided into those of the first academy, who taught the doctrines of Plato in their original purity; those of the second, or middle academy, who differed materially from the first, and inclined to skepticism; and those of the new academy, who pursued probability as the only attainable wisdom. The Academics and Epicureans (q.v.) were the prevailing philosophical sects at the time of Christ's birth.

Tennemann, Hist. Philosophy §§ 127-138.

÷ Acatan


(Ἀκατάν ), the father of Johannes, said to be one of those who returned from the Babylonian captivity (1 Esdras 8:38); evidently the same with HAKATTAN (See HAKATTAN) (q.v.) of the parallel text (Ezra 8:12).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Academics'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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