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 Barco’chebah or Barchchebas (Shimeon).Bardit. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bardesanists.
 
Followers of Bardesanes, of Edessa, founder of a Gnostic sect in the second century. They believed that the human body was ethereal till it became imbruted with sin. Milton, in his Comus, refers to this:—   1
       
“When Lust
       
By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk,
Lets in defilement to the inward parts,
The soul grows clotted by contagion,
Imbodies and imbrutes.”
 


 Barco’chebah or Barchchebas (Shimeon).Bardit. 

 
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