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The Treasure Of The Manichaean Spiritual Life

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This chapter investigates a variety of Manichean texts from a wide range of geographical locations the central image of treasure and its associated images found in the letter to Manichaean catechumen Eirene. It examines one theme related to the spiritual life, it is a frequent and important one for Manichaean teaching and prayer, and strengthens the conviction that the spiritual life and work of the Manichaean believer is firmly centred on the figure of Jesus, and that Christology is a central aspect of the Manichaean system. In the larger schemes of Manichaean cosmology and cosmogony the figure of Jesus may not stand out beyond all others, but in the everyday life of believers, whether Elect or catechumen, Jesus is the central figure.

Keywords: Manichaean cosmology; Manichaean spiritual life; treasure



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