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Samaritan heretic(s) dated 3d c. BC to 1st c. AD Sources are confused on beliefs, practices, and pertinent hist.; it has been assumed that there were 2 heretics and sects bearing the name, the earlier denying, the later affirming the resurrection of the dead. Followers, called Dositheans, used the name Elohim (God) instead of Jahweh (Lord) and a 30-day calendar; practiced asceticism and Levitical purity.

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