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Separating Light From Darkness: Manichaean Use Of Biblical Traditions In The Kephalaia

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Manichaeans were interested in a wide range of religious literature. This chapter focuses on the most doctrinally orientated of these Coptic codices, the so-called Kephalaia of the Teacher, and shows some examples of how Manichaeans used and interpreted passages drawn particularly from the New Testament in support some uniquely Manichaean themes. There can be no denying that the foundation of Manichaean ontology is to be found in the doctrine of the two radically opposed natures of Light and Darkness. The chapter discusses the concept of the natures that is potently expressed by the image of the ?Two Trees? drawn from Matt 7:17?20/Luke 6:43?44. One of the most widely applied biblical texts found in the Kephalaia comes from Matt 6:21: ?For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also? (nrsv).The Kephalaia also contains a number of biblical citations.

Keywords: biblical citations; Kephalaia; Manichaean ontology; Matt 7:17?20/Luke 6:43?44



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