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The Mani Logion: “The Purification That Was Spoken About Is That Which Comes Through Gnosis” (Cmc 84, 9–12)

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In the context of the Baraies abstract of the beginning of Mani's religious innovation, Mani criticizes the doctrines and baptismal rites of the Elchasaite Baptists. The central theme of the baptismal movement was man's interior purification that could only come about through baptismal rites. Mani's criticism starts from the worthlessness of purification of food. Mani's Baptists were Hemerobaptists. If baptism were efficacious, it would have been enough to purify the body once and forever; but that does not happen, in fact-Mani said to the Baptists-every day you feel disgusted by your body and every day your purification is not efficacious. Hence, the purification of the body is independent of the precepts of the Savior; and baptismal rites are not part of "Christian" tradition.

Keywords: baptism; Mani; purification



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