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This is the introductory chapter of the book, whose principal aim is to reconstruct the subject-matter of Adimantus' Disputationes, which is a prime source for the knowledge on Manichaean biblical exegesis. The second aim is to examine Adimantus' views on the Scriptures. The book addresses many questions such as: (1) were the contradictions between the Old and the New Testament only intended to demonstrate the inconsistencies in Catholic Christian belief; and (2) how much authority did Adimantus attribute to the New Testament. A related question is on the origins of Adimantus' assessment of Holy Scripture and also on the sources of the methods that he used when he interpreted the Bible. The book provides a better understanding of the exegetical arguments that first attracted and later troubled Augustine. The chapter also provides an overview of the contents of other chapters of the book.

Keywords: Adimantus; Augustine; Disputationes; Holy Scripture; Manichaean biblical exegesis; New Testament; Old Testament



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