Bereans

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Bereans

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Beroeans

(both: bərē`ənz), members of a Protestant religious sect founded in Scotland by John BarclayBarclay, John,
1734–98, minister of the Church of Scotland and founder of the Bereans or Barclayites. His Without Faith, without God (1769) and other works were unacceptable to his presbytery, and he was prohibited from preaching.
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 c.1773. They took their name from the community mentioned in Acts 17.10–13. They held the main Calvinist doctrines and placed great emphasis on the study of the Scriptures. The sect is extinct.