While the apostolic fathers employ the phrases Church of God and Churches of God it gradually fell into disuse except as a descriptor of the greater church throughout the world. The study of patterns of human diseases and their causes. Generally the rendering of the meaning of a word or text by explication , critical analysis, or interpretation ; especially of the Bible. Donald A. Execration Texts. The Ebionites, an obscure Jewish Christian sect extant from apostolic times to the fifth century, were an early heresy that broke with the Nazarenes , i. Irenaeus ca. CE 49, in the matter of keeping Torah including practicing ritual circumcision and observing the whole Law of Moses.