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By John C Reeves

This quantity examines the transmission of biblical pseudepigraphic literature and motifs from their principally Jewish cultural contexts in Palestine to constructing gnostic milieux of Syria and Mesopotamia, rather that one mendacity in the back of the beginning and progress of Manichaeism. It surveys biblical pseudepigraphic literary job within the overdue old close to East, devoting particular realization to revelatory works attributed to the 5 biblical forefathers who're brought up within the "Cologne Mani Codex": Adam, Seth, Enosh, Shem, and Enoch. the writer presents 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 potential during which those traditions were tailored to their current context. This research is a crucial contribution to the scholarly reassessment of the jobs performed by means of moment Temple Judaism, Jewish Christian sectarianism, and classical gnosis within the formula and improvement of Syro-Mesopotamian non secular currents.

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