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A Sogdian Version Of Mani’s Letter Of The Seal

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The Letter of the Seal was the last letter Mani wrote in prison before his death. It is his legacy sent to his adherents. The Middle Persian text in the Bet- and Beichtbuch (BBB) is the final part of the beginning of the letter which ends after the list of the people being addressed, in the course of which. Mani mentions the whole Manichaean community. The Sogdian text continues the letter, but it is unfortunately very badly preserved. As a result of the comparison of both texts, which differ in the preserved parts only in very few cases, one can state that only a few lines, two or three, are missing. So 14156 and So 14159 preserve the lower margin.

Keywords: Bet- and Beichtbuch (BBB); Letter of the Seal; Mani; Manichaean community; Sogdian text



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