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The Veil And Revelation Of The Father Of Greatness

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At the end of author monograph from 1996, Studies in the Sermon on the Great War, he deals briefly with the eschatological theme about the revelation of the image of the Father of Greatness, which is inter alia mentioned in the Manichaean Homilies 41, 1117 and a number of other texts: In the end, being implored by the gods to do so, the Father of Greatness removes the veil and reveal His image. This chapter shows the possible religio-historical roots in Judaism of the two themes: (a) the veil that covered the Father and (b) the revelation of his image. In Gnostic sources, there are also traditions about curtains and veils, which are probably derived from both of the Jewish traditions even though the precise way is often problematic to determine.

Keywords: Father of Greatness; Jewish traditions; Manichaean Homilies; veil

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