By Samuel N. C. Lieu
The examine of Manichaeism, the 1st Gnostic international faith, has made significant advances within the previous few a long time because of the continued discovery and decipherment of real Manichaean texts from Egypt and important Asia. This paintings brings jointly a few articles via the writer released among 1981 and 1992 at the heritage of the sect in Mesopotamia and the Roman Empire. The reviews have all been up-to-date within the gentle of newly released fabric.
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Xcix). MAN! AND THE MAGIANS 17 without books, relying purely on an "unreasoning" upbringing to transmit the faith. e. g. Seth. 60 If such a charge was indeed levelled by Mani against a group of Zoroastrian priests. it would nOI be out of place for the latter to defend themselves by underscoring the accuracy with which they had preserved the teachings of their fathers. However, the same terms are even more reminiscent of Judaism. a lO characterise Judaism in general (c. 61 The currency of the tenn is independently confirmed by the New Testament: Luke makes the Apostle Paul say he was educated at the feet of Gamaliel 'according to the strict manner of the law of the fathers' (Acts 22,3; cf.
197-8 and J. B. Segal, Edusa, The Blessed City (Oxford, 1970) 66. n. 1. 37 Historia Karlcae th Beth Setol. 15-517,10. Cf. Fiey, art. , 198. 38 Bibliotheca, cod. 85, ed. Henry, ii. pp. 9,13-10,1 (cited below, n. 355). On the literary activities of Add! see esp. P. Alfaric, us icritures ftI(lnichienMs,ll (Paris, 1991) 98-99. 666. See also idem, c. , J. Zycha, CSEL 25/1 (Vienna, 1891) 252,2 and idem. A TOntE ROMAN EAST 35 this by a shon stay in the Roman Empire. Furthermore, as we have noticed, the Middle Persian Fragment M2 also says that he eventually reached Alexandira in the course of his travels.
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Manichaeism in Mesopotamia and the Roman East (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World) by Samuel N. C. Lieu