(3 syl.). The followers of the Rev. John Barclay, of
Kincardineshire (1773). They believe that all we know of God is from
revelation; that all the Psalms refer to Christ; that assurance is the
proof of faith; and that unbelief is the unpardonable sin. They took
their name from the Bereans, mentioned in the Book of the Acts (xvii. 11), who “received the Word with all readiness of mind, and
searched the Scriptures daily.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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