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Bible Encyclopedias

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Sibyllists

a name of reproach given, in early times, to the Christians, because in their disputes with the heathen they sometimes made use of the authority of Sibylla, their own prophetess, against them (Origen, Cont. Celsumn, lib. v, p. 272). They urged her writings with so much advantage to the Christian cause and prejudice to the heathen that' Justin Martyr (Apol. 2, p. 82) says the Roman governors made it death for any one to read them, or Hystaspes, or the writings of the prophets. See Bingham, Christ. Antig. bk. i, ch. ii, 6. Sicanus, in Grecian mythology, was the son of Neptune and a nymph from whom the island of Trinacria is said to have derived its name of Sicania (later Sicily). He is sometimes represented as the father of Proserpine by Ceres.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Sibyllists'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/s/sibyllists.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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