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Heralds of That Good Realm: Syro-Mesopotamian Gnosis and Jewish Traditions (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies) [Hardcover]

By John C. Reeves (Author)
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This volume examines the transmission of biblical pseudepigraphic literature and motifs from their largely Jewish cultural contexts in Palestine to developing gnostic milieux of Syria and Mesopotamia, particularly that one lying behind the birth and growth of Manichaeism. It surveys biblical pseudepigraphic literary activity in the late antique Near East, devoting special attention to revelatory works attributed to the five biblical forefathers who are cited in the Cologne Mani Codex: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Shem, and Enoch. The author provides a philological, literary, and religio-historical analysis of each of the five pseudepigraphic citations contained in the Codex, and offers hypotheses regarding the original provenance of each citation and the means by which these traditions have been adapted to their present context. This study is an important contribution to the scholarly reassessment of the roles played by Second Temple Judaism, Jewish Christian sectarianism, and classical gnosis in the formulation and development of Syro-Mesopotamian religious currents.

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Language: English
Studio: Brill Academic Pub
Pages   251
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004104593  
ISBN13  9789004104594  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Reeves is Associate Professor of Religion at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina. John Kampen is Academic Dean and Professor of Bible at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio.

John C. Reeves has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
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Heralds of That Good Realm  Nov 7, 2009
Ephrem Syrus caustically remarks at one place in his Prose Refutations that the Manichaeans "say of Egyptian Hermes and of the Greek Plato and of Jesus who appeared in Judea that they were heralds of the Good (Realm) to the world." This observation, apparently based upon a quotation from an unidentified Manichaean source and intended by Ephrem to discredit the Manichaean concept of a periodic dispatch to earth of representatives of the supernal Realm of Light, encapsulates the thematic core of the present monograph. It offers a systematic examination, from a comparative perspective, of the extant Manichaean (as well as non-Manichaean) rosters of authentic predecessors who purportedly proclaimed the Religion of Light prior to the advent of Mani, "seal of the prophets", and examines the implications of this particular doctrine for the origins of Manichaeism.

See also: Jewish Lore in Manichaean Cosmogony: Studies in the Book of Giants Traditions (Monographs of the Hebrew Union College).

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