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Syriac Sources And Manichaeism: A Four Hundred Year Trajectory

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Undeniably one of the most important Syriac sources on the Manichaeans is the section in Memre XI of the Liber Scholiorum which was written in 791-792 CE by Theodore bar Koni, bishop of Kashkar, near the Ummayid garrison city of Al-Wasit, between Kufa and Basra in southern Iraq. This chapter addresses the legacy behind the Manichaean portions of the Liber Scholiorum which reproduced the structure of Epiphanius' Panarion and, following the precedent set by Ephrem, recognised the significance of 'the Manichaean cosmogonic myth' that drove the entire system and supported its doctrinal and ritual structure. Theodore bar Konis section on the Manichaeans is divided into two parts. The first deals with the historical Mani and is introduced by the lemma, The heresy of the Manichaeans. The second part, dealing with doctrinal matters, is entitled, About his abominable doctrine.

Keywords: Liber Scholiorum; Manichaean cosmogonic myth; Syriac sources



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