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 Barco’chebah or Barchchebas (Shimeon).Bardit. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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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