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Jesus in the Manichaean Writings


T&T Clark 2003

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Manichaeism was a dualistic religious system with Christian, Gnostic and pagan elements, founded in Persia in the third century by Manes. This is the first full-length study of the Manichaean Jesus, since the publication of several major Manichaean texts. These include the Homilies, Psalm Book and Kephalaia published in the 1930s and 1940s. A knowledge of Manichaean Christology is important for any understanding of the development of Christologies in the early centuries CE, whether within mainstream Christianity or within associated heterodox groups. This volume undertakes a comprehensive study of six distinct figures of Jesus that can be found in both Eastern and Western Manichaean literature.

Previous partial studies of Manichaean Christology have tended to restrict their focus to texts from either Eastern or Western traditions alone. Majella Franzmann argues that a single Manichaean Jesus can be discerned behind the many different representations to be found.

Praise for the Print Edition

…the most qualified scholar to write about Jesus in Manichaeism.

—Siegfried Richter

Product Details

  • Title: Jesus in the Manichaean Writings
  • Author: Majella Franzmann
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 208

About Majella Franzmann

Majella Franzmann is Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of New England, Australia.

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