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Aside from five-part patterns dealing with specific structural and operational aspects of either the light or dark realms, a variety of other pentadic formulations can also be found in the Kephalaia dealing with a range of 1) soteriological, 2) ethical, 3) ecclesiological, 4) polemical, and 5) aetiological themes. On the soteriological level, there are few five-part structures relating specifically to the influence of the Light-Mind on the individual. Pentadic structures appear to play a role in Manichaean ethics as well. It is interesting to note that in none of the ethical chapters is reference made to the canonical "Five Virtues" of 1) love, 2) faith, 3) perfection, 4) patience, and 5) wisdom known from Mani's Epistles and al-Nad¯ım. Finally, a small class of what might be termed aetiological patterns can be identified in chapters where Mani is made to account for the existence of certain natural or biological phenomena.

Keywords:aetiological pattern; canonical Five Virtues; ecclesiological pattern; five-part pattern; Kephalaia; Manichaean ethics; pentadic structure; polemical pattern; soteriological pattern

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