Galileans, one of the names of reproach given to the early Christians. It was the ordinary phrase of Julian the apostate, when he spoke of Christ or Christians. He was accustomed to call Christ "the Galilaean God." Not only did be use this epithet himself, but made a law, requiring that no one should call the Christains by any other name, thinking thereby to abolish the name of Christians. He died fighting against them; and as he caught the blood in his hand which flowed from a wound in his side, he dashed it towards heaven, saying these memorable words: Vicisti, O Galilae! "Thou hast conquered, O Galilaean!" — Bingham; Orig. Eccles. book 1, chapter 2, § 2.

See also the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

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