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On The Meaning Of The Fourteen [Great] Aeons About Which Sethel Spoke In [His] Prayer

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This chapter presents translation of theological topic from The Kephalaia Of The Teacher in the codex page format. The Kephalaia could be classified as part of the erotapokritic genre, especially if its primary aim was the explication of ambiguities found within canonical Manichaean tradition. An analogous exegetical manoeuvre occurs in the chapter. In this context, the Five Elements/Sons are added to Call and Response to form a first set of seven, while the Five Sons of the Living Spirit are added to the Living Spirit and First Man to form a second set of seven. These, Mani explains, constitutes the fourteen "blessings" (1Ke 43.8) or "persons" (1Ke 43.9) through which the world was established.

Keywords:fourteen great Aeons; Manichaean traditions; prayer of Sethel; The Kephalaia Of The Teacher; theological topic



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