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The Literary Context Of The Disputationes

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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the direct literary context of the Disputationes. A preliminary examination of the other writings of Adimantus has made it possible to evaluate the significance of the discussion about Scripture for Adimantus' ideas and works, and, more specifically, to ascertain whether, and how, the views that can be inferred from his Disputationes are related to what can be deduced from his other works. A comparison of the Disputationes with other works of Adimantus will make it possible to test the precise role and the purposes of the Disputationes in the missionary practice of the Manichaeans, and possibly to define them more precisely. As was the case with the Disputationes, some of Adimantus' other writings also claim that the Old Testament must have originated from the devil. Adimantus did indeed treat certain parts of the New Testament as a revelation of the truth.

Keywords: Adimantus; Disputationes; literary context; Manichaean; New Testament; Old Testament



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