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Pentadic Redaction in the Manichaean Kephalaia

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Discovered in 1929, the Manichaean Kephalaia have opened up an important window on the early development of Manichaean doctrine. This study identifies a significant redactional tendency whereby the compilers of the text sought to clarify ambiguities in “canonical” Manichaean tradition by means of five-part numerical series. This discovery challenges the conventional wisdom of Manichaean scholarship, which has long maintained that, since Mani recorded his own teachings in a series of what later became canonical ...

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Overview

Discovered in 1929, the Manichaean Kephalaia have opened up an important window on the early development of Manichaean doctrine. This study identifies a significant redactional tendency whereby the compilers of the text sought to clarify ambiguities in “canonical” Manichaean tradition by means of five-part numerical series. This discovery challenges the conventional wisdom of Manichaean scholarship, which has long maintained that, since Mani recorded his own teachings in a series of what later became canonical writings, Manichaean doctrines were transmitted relatively unchanged from the master to successive generations of disciples. Since this assumption is now called into question, it now becomes necessary to re-evaluate received notions about the shape of both the Manichaean “canon” and “tradition.”

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...une très importante contribution aux études manichéennes, pour la bonne et simple raison que tout, ou presque, y est neuf. Le lecteur appréciera aussi la précision et la clarté avec lesquelles les résultats de la recherche sont présentés.

Paul-Hubert Poirier, Laval théologique et philosophique

'P. has raised interesting questions and pointed the way to some answers.'
Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst, Theologische Literaturzeitung 136 (2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004174368
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Series: Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies Series , #66
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Pettipiece, Ph.D (2006) in Sciences des religions at Université Laval, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa. He has published a number of articles and chapters on literary aspects of Coptic Manichaean texts.
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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

PART I: PENTADIC REDACTION IN THE MANICHAEAN KEPHALAIA

Introduction

Chapter 1: Basic Ontological Patterning

Chapter 2: Theological Patterning I: Light-Realm

Chapter 3: Theological Patterning II: Dark-Realm

Chapter 4: Other Forms of Patterning

Conclusions and Implications

PART II: TRANSLATIONS FROM THE KEPHALAIA OF THE TEACHER [BERLIN CODEX]

Appendix:: Theodore Bar Khonai’s Résumé of the Manichaean Myth (Annotated Translation)

Works Cited

Index

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