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On The Generation Of Adam

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In this chapter a certain Babylonian catechumen has questioned Mani about why the lifespan of Adam and his generation seemed so much longer than the people of their time. Mani is made to respond by saying that Five Authorities rule the various life-spans of beings in the world, from year to month to day to hour to minute. While this discourse is meant to address the apparent discrepancy between the life-spans of biblical figures and later generations, the explanation is framed by a pentadic conception of both the astrological powers and their influence on history, which is itself conceived of as having five phases. This, of course, represents yet another example of the pervasive emphasis on five-part structures presented by the Kephalaia compilers.

Keywords:Babylonian catechumen; five-part pattern; lifespan of Adam; Manichaean Kephalaia; Zodiac



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