There was an early sect of Jewish-Christians called the Ebionites, (from the Hebrew for "the poor").
These were Jews who saw themselves as fully Jewish and at the same time fully Christian.
The following account of these Christians is from Eusebius's history of the Church written around 300 AD.
Others however had the same name but this escaped the absurd
folly of the aforementioned. They did not deny that the Lord
was born of the virgin and the Holy Spirit but nevertheless
shared their failure to confess his
preexistence as God the Word and Wisdom.
Thus equally impious, they too were zealous
in observing the Law literally
and thought that the letters
of the apostle Paul ought to be rejected totally calling, him
an apostate from the Law.
They used only the so-called Gospel
of the Hebrews and accorded the others little respect.
Like the former, they observed the Sabbath
and the whole Jewish ceremonial,
but on the Lords days they celebrated rights
like ours in commemoration of the Savior's resurrection.
Because of these practices, then, they have been dubbed Ebionites,
a name indicating the poverty of the their intelligence, since
the term means "poor" are in Hebrew .
(Eusebius, The Church History, 3:27)
It is astounding to me that this group existed. Their antipathy toward Paul.
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