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On The Five Types Of Brotherhood That Are Distinct From One Another

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In this chapter, a distinction is made between five types of individuals who form part of or are associated with the Holy Church, namely (1) brothers, (2) children, (3) disciples, (4) "day-labourers," and (5) slaves (1Ke 338.25-27). Interestingly, while the discourse classifies Church members according to these five groups, the reader is encouraged to reject the last two as "foreign races" (340.14). The adverse effects of persecution are incorporated into the chapter. The chapter, enumerates five types of people found in the church, suggests that the fourth and fifth classes, the so-called "day-labourers" and, especially, the "slaves" fleed at the first sign of persecution (1Ke 340.6-7). While it is obvious that persecution was a subject that the Kephalaia compilers incorporated into some of their numeric formulations, less obvious is the possibility that such formulations acted as a fortification strategy in the face of real or potential persecutions.

Keywords:Holy Church; Manichaean Kephalaia; persecution; type of brotherhood



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