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This front matter section of the book Frontiers of Faith: The Christian Encounter with Manichaeism in the Acts of Archelaus contains the table of contents and a preface. The book examines how the encounter between Christianity and Manichaeism is depicted in the Acts of Archelaus (AA). It identifies the sources employed in crafting the AA, the rhetorical strategies used to situate Manichaeism on the defensive in the meeting of religions, and the reconstructable elements of the other voice to that encounter, that of the Manichaeans themselves. The book explores the text of the Acta Archelai, apologetic and polemical strategies, and possible sources, and through these analyses challenge received notions of 'orthodoxy' and 'heresy' in the mutual construction of identity that took place between two claimants to the Christian heritage.

Keywords: Acts of Archelaus (AA); Christian heritage; Manichaeism; orthodoxy



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