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Further Textual Evidence Pertaining to the Enigmatic ‛Mani-Citations’ of Severus of Antioch

John C. Reeves
Published Online: 2015-10-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2015-0026

Abstract

The 123rd Cathedral Homily of the early sixth-century Monophysite patriarch Severus of Antioch features a series of textual citations drawn from a Manichaean work. Modern scholars have noted certain affinities these citations share with materials contained in prior Christian polemicists such as Titus of Bostra and Theodoret, and they have offered largely speculative suggestions about the possible identity of the written source. The present paper seeks to advance the critical discussion surrounding this source by calling attention to the existence of what appear to be ‘later’ versions of this same source in some Arabic language testimonia about Mani and Manichaeism.

Keywords: Severus of Antioch; Manichaeism; Aḥmad b. al-Ḥasan al-Misma‘ī

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Received: 2015-09-15

Accepted: 2015-09-28

Published Online: 2015-10-14


Citation Information: Open Theology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2015-0026.

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