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The Chapter On The Name Of The Fathers

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This chapter presents translation of theological topic from The Kephalaia of the Teacher in the codex page format. In the chapter, Mani is made to quiz his disciples about why the Father is called "Father of Greatness" (1Ke 63.23-24). After their stereotypical plea of ignorance, Mani reveals that the Father of Greatness is so-called because he dwells in the Great Earth, where he is surrounded by all his angels and divine companions (1Ke 63.28-33). The discourse then turns to identifying the "greatness" of four other beings that are also called "Father". The Third Messenger's greatness is the "Ship of the Living Fire," that is, the Sun, while Jesus the Splendour's greatness is the "Ship of the Living Water," that is, the Moon. The Column of Glory's greatness has something to do with "Five Gods," while the greatness of the Light-Mind is identified as the Holy Church (1Ke 63.34-64.10).

Keywords:Father of Greatness; Five Gods; Manichaean Kephalaia



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