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The Conversation Of John The Orthodox With A Manichaean: An Analysis Of Its Sources And Its Significance For Manichaean Studies

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Of the various Greek anti-Manichaean works which are extant from the early Byzantine period, The Conversation of John the Orthodox with a Manichaean is not only the best preserved, but also demonstrates the most comprehensive understanding of Manichaean belief and practice. This chapter briefly examines the authorship and dating of this work and then suggests that the ultimate source of the author's knowledge of Manichaean belief and practice may have been a summary of the Manichaean cosmogony that was also used by Titus of Bostra and Theodoret of Cyrrhus but is no longer extant.

Keywords: Manichaean belief; Theodoret of Cyrrhus; Titus of Bostra



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