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Women And Manichaeism's Mission To The Roman Empire

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The great pristine war that took place between the two eternal co-principles of good and evil resulted in the mixing of their substances. Women also belonged to the class of Manichaean Hearers (catechumens), whose primary religious duty was to gather and prepare food for the Elect. They were allowed to marry but discouraged from having children. Jerome focuses on women's contributions to the proselytizing efforts of heterodox groups that include Gnostics but, strangely, not Manichaeans. The Acts of Archelaus tells how Mani arrived in the Roman border town of 'Carchar' with twenty-two young men and women. Thecla and Mygdonia are both teachers of salvation. Manichaeism is widely regarded as the last manifestation in antiquity of unorthodox Gnostic tendencies. If a woman was an Elect, she may have been obliged to wander; on the other hand, missionary activity may not have been the norm for every woman Elect.

Keywords: Elect; Gnostic; Jerome; Mani; Manichaeism; Mygdonia; Roman Empire; Thecla



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