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Mani’s Account Of Other Religions According To The Coptic Synaxeis Codex

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This chapter take a brief look at the first kind, for which the CMC provides an excellent example when it quotes the very beginning of Mani's Living Gospel. After some introductory formulas, a series of statements of self-presentation, Mani's role and achievement in the universal salvation process is summarized. The fairly extensive, repetitive testimony in the 1st person singular is technically part of the First Discourse of the Living Gospel, although from the point of view of literary structure it rather forms the main body of a general preamble to the work. The remaining major parts of the chapter, that is, the Second to Fifth Meetings of the First Discourse, have for their topic the description of the Father of Greatness, the realm of light, and the beauty of the light aeons.

Keywords: Living Gospel; Mani; Synaxeis



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