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Manichaeism: An Ancient Faith Rediscovered

Baker-Brian, Nicholas J.

Verlag: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2011
ISBN 10: 0567031675 / ISBN 13: 9780567031679
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Titel: Manichaeism: An Ancient Faith Rediscovered

Verlag: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

Einband: Soft cover

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: NormalfalsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4 'Nottoo long ago, most of what we knew about the Manichaeans - followers of thethird-century religious visionary Mani - came from the pens of their manyenemies. It was hard to understand how a religion that preached sexualabstinence and vegetarianism as a means to cope with a world ruled by Evil everenjoyed any success. Yet at its height Manichaeism spread from Mesopotamia to China in the east and Spain in the west; in North Africa,it appealed to the young Augustine of Hippo. In this richly informative newstudy, Nicholas Baker-Brian digests new discoveries and the explosion of newthinking they have provoked into a solid introduction to a belief system thatinfluenced religious thinking in Europe and Asiafor a millennium. He is especially attentive to the connection between lostrituals and myths that for the first time allows readers to see Manichaeism as acomprehensive set of ideas and practices. His exemplary handling of sources anddiscussion of how to use them make this book as much a primer for students ofantiquity as for students of religion.' - Harold Drake, Department of History, Universityof California, Santa Barbara, USA. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_0567031675

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Inhaltsangabe: This study will be a historical and theological introduction to Manichaeism. It will comprise a biographical treatment of the founder Mani, situating his personality, his writings and his ideas within the Aramaic Christian tradition of third century (CE) Mesopotamia. It will provide a historical treatment of the Manichaean church in late antiquity (250-700 CE), detailing the emergence of Manichaeism in the late Roman and Byzantine empires, in addition to examining the continuation of Manichaean traditions in the eastern world (China) up to the thirteenth century and beyond. The book will consider the theology of Mani's system, with the aim of providing a clear-eyed treatment of the cosmogonic, scriptural and ecclesiological ideas forming its foundations. The study will base its analysis on original Manichaean literary sources, together with rehabilitating the representation of Manichaeism in those writings that polemicised against the religion. The study will aim to demonstrate the highly syncretic nature of Manichaeism, and will look to move forward 'traditional' perceptions of the religion as being simply a form of Christian Gnostic Dualism.


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