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The Second, On The Parable Of The Tree

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In this chapter, Mani is asked by his disciples to give an exegetical reading of Matthew 7:17-20/Luke 6:43-44,2 where Jesus explains to his disciples that the quality of every tree can be derived from an evaluation of its fruit (1Ke 17.2-20), while at the same time alluding to an alternate reading of the same text among "the Sects", the generic Manichaean designation for any number of rival religious communities. The compiler of the chapter works to establish a direct parallel between the Limbs of the Tree of Light and those of the Tree of Darkness. The chapter previews the way in which good and evil beings are generally conceived by the Kephalaia compilers and establishes a general ontological framework for the interpretation of all sorts of cosmic phenomena. It can be stereotyped as encapsulating the Kephalaia's theology in terms of "Two Trees and Five Limbs".

Keywords:five limbs; Jesus; Kephalaia; Manichaean designation; tree of darkness; tree of light

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