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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. III:
Jerome and Gennadius. Lives of Illustrious Men.: Agrippa Castor.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter XXI.

Agrippa 2414 surnamed Castor, a man of great learning, wrote a strong refutation of the twenty-four volumes which Basilides the heretic had written against the Gospel, disclosing all his mysteries and enumerating the prophets Barcabbas and Barchob 2415 and all the other barbarous names which terrify the hearers, and his most high God Abraxas, whose name was supposed to contain the year according to the reckoning 2416 of the Greeks. Basilides died at Alexandria in the reign of Hadrian, and from him the Gnostic sects arose. In this tempestuous time also, Cochebas leader of the Jewish faction put Christians to death with various tortures.



Flourished about 130 or 135.


Various readings are Barcobus, Barcobeth, Barcho et, Bascobus et.


reckoning all but T and Her. which have nomenclature.

Next: Hegesippus the historian.

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