By John C Reeves
This quantity examines the transmission of biblical pseudepigraphic literature and motifs from their mostly Jewish cultural contexts in Palestine to constructing gnostic milieux of Syria and Mesopotamia, fairly that one mendacity in the back of the beginning and progress of Manichaeism. It surveys biblical pseudepigraphic literary job within the past due vintage close to East, devoting exact recognition to revelatory works attributed to the 5 biblical forefathers who're pointed out within the "Cologne Mani Codex": Adam, Seth, Enosh, Shem, and Enoch. the writer presents a philological, literary, and religio-historical research of every of the 5 pseudepigraphic citations inside the "Codex," and provides hypotheses in regards to the unique provenance of every quotation and the ability wherein those traditions were tailored to their current context. This research is a vital contribution to the scholarly reassessment of the jobs performed via moment Temple Judaism, Jewish Christian sectarianism, and classical gnosis within the formula and improvement of Syro-Mesopotamian non secular currents.
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