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By John C Reeves

This quantity examines the transmission of biblical pseudepigraphic literature and motifs from their mostly Jewish cultural contexts in Palestine to constructing gnostic milieux of Syria and Mesopotamia, relatively that one mendacity at the back of the beginning and development of Manichaeism. It surveys biblical pseudepigraphic literary job within the overdue vintage close to East, devoting specified realization to revelatory works attributed to the 5 biblical forefathers who're pointed out within the "Cologne Mani Codex": Adam, Seth, Enosh, Shem, and Enoch. the writer offers a philological, literary, and religio-historical research of every of the 5 pseudepigraphic citations inside the "Codex," and provides hypotheses in regards to the unique provenance of every quotation and the ability during which those traditions were tailored to their current context. This examine is a crucial contribution to the scholarly reassessment of the jobs performed via moment Temple Judaism, Jewish Christian sectarianism, and classical gnosis within the formula and improvement of Syro-Mesopotamian spiritual currents.

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