New Research and Sources for the Life of Mani

Published: March 2, 2021

  Iain Gardner, Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Sydney This presentation will outline recent trajectories in research on the Life of Mani. Evidence from in-process work on new sources will be presented, with particular reference to the editing of surviving remnants from Mani’s letters. Copies of these compositions were revered, collected, translated…

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Manichaean Interpretation of Iranian Religious Traditions

Published: March 2, 2021

Jason BeDuhn, Professor of the Comparative Study of Religions and Asian Studies at Northern Arizona University New sources such as the Chester Beatty Kephalaia Codex allow us to begin to break down the long-standing division between “Western” and “Eastern” Manichaeism in modern scholarship, and discover connections especially between Coptic and Middle Iranian Manichaean texts that…

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The Footprint of Mani’s Book of Pictures in Late Antique Sources: An Assessment of Social & Geographical Data about Teaching with Images During the 3rd and 4th Centuries

Published: March 1, 2021

Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Professor of Art History at Northern Arizona University Unlike other religions, Manichaeism had canonical images, not just canonical texts. Primary and secondary textual sources document that the Manichaean canon included a solely pictorial volume—a picture book—that was authored by Mani, circulated in multiple copies already during Mani’s life, and issued in many later editions. From late antiquity, 13…

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