OPHITES Gnostic heretics so designated by patristic heresiologists on the basis of the role played by the serpent of Genesis 3 (Greek ophis) in their mythology. In these accounts, the serpent is praised as the revealer of gnosis (knowledge) to Adam and Eve, and is equated by some with Jesus Christ. The pagan writer Celsus …

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Pambo (Ca. 303-373)

PAMBO (ca. 303-373) Ascetic and priest. He was one of the first ascetics and companions of St. Amoun in Nitria. St. Macarius took part in the celebration of the liturgy when he was ordained a priest in Nitria. Pambo possessed the gift of prophecy and was known for fasting until evening, silence, and humility. He …

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