(from Gk. hemera, day, and baptistes, baptizer). Jewish sect named after its practice of daily ablution. Epiphanius* (Panarion i 17) describes them as similar to the Pharisees in gen. doctrine, but different from them, and like the Sadducees, in denying the resurrection. Mentioned by Hegesippus* (in Eusebius* of Caesarea, HE, IV, xxii, 6) and Justin* Martyr (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 80). John the Baptist is called a Hemerobaptist in Clementine Homilies ii 23 (see Clementines).
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