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Conclusions And Suggestions For Further Research

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In this chapter, the concluding comments to the results of this study into the use of the biblical argument in Manichaean missionary practice has been summarized. The most important aim of this study was to reconstruct Adimantus' Disputationes, namely the work Augustine refuted when he was a priest in the parish of Hippo Regius. This reconstruction of the Disputationes demonstrates that Adimantus had an extensive knowledge of the Bible, because he quoted on considerable scale from both the Old and New Testament. The conclusion on Adimantus' assessment of the essence of the Jewish Scriptures, namely that he regarded the Jewish Bible as a dangerous and misguiding revelation, cannot simply be written off as an exaggeration for missionary motives. The fact that Addas was a Marcionite before he went over to the Church of Mani could be helpful to further explain the relation between Marcionitism and Manichaeism.

Keywords: Addas; Adimantus; Augustine; Disputationes; Manichaean; New Testament; Old Testament; reconstruction



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