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On The Father Of Greatness, How He Is Established And Defined

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In this chapter, the Five Limbs, are his "Storehouses" (1Ke 64.22) . These Five Storehouses, in turn, are associated with Twelve Light-Limbs, also described as Twelve Wisdoms. The chapter is an enumeration of five characteristics of the Father which, the lacunose state of the text prevents one from completely identifying. All that can be determined for certain from the chapter is the following list (1) light, (2) pleasant odour, (3) living voice of . . . , (4) . . . -ness, and (5) great . . . (1Ke 64.29-65.2). The chapter makes clear that the Kephalaia compilers conceived of the Father of Greatness as a being with five characteristics, although this characterization is a formulation that appears to be at odds with other evidence indicating that the Father was known (perhaps even canonically) as the "Four-faced God".

Keywords:father of greatness; living voice; Manichaean Kephalaia; twelve light-limbs



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