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The Old Man Has Five Foods To Live On; The Newman Has Five Others

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Pentadic structures appear to play a role in Manichaean ethics particularly in this chapter. The chapter presents the radical difference between what influences and sustains the individual prior to and post conversion. Whereas prior to conversion the individual is sustained by (1) physical beauty, (2) evil discourses and myths, (3) beautiful works (of some kind), (4) worldly foods, and (5) sexual desire (1Ke 349.24-350.3), after conversion this sustenance is exchanged for (1) the spirit of the church leaders, (2) liturgical prayer, (3) joy, (4) itinerate preaching, and (5) scripture (1Ke 349.5-18). Blessed is every holy Elect who keeps his heart from these five foods and the dinners of Matter. As is so often the case in Kephalaia theology, good and evil, although radically different in their nature, are conceived of as structurally analogous. The Old Man and New Man are driven by five sources of nourishment.

Keywords:holy Elect; Kephalaia; Manichaean ethics; Pentadic structure



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