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[On The Five Temptations]

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Pentadic structures appear to play a role in Manichaean ethics in this chapter on the five temptations. Two of the five temptations can be read from the chapter, namely the fourth, desire for women (1Ke 485.23), and the fifth, apostasy during persecution (1Ke 485.30-486.7). A vivid description of persecution reveals that it formed part of the living memory of the Kephalaia compilers and influenced some of their pentadic formulations.

Keywords:Kephalaia; Manichaean ethics; pentadic structure; persecution



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