Mani: Evangelium

(ca. 240–270)


Like most religious literature, Mani’s Evangelium was likely intended for consumption within the Manichaean tradition, unlike his first known work, Shaburagan, which was addressed specifically to the Persian court of King Shapur I. Still, it is entirely possible that portions of the gospel were used in or adapted to literature aimed at recruiting new members. While it is conceivable that a text such as On the Origin of His Body could have been read as a sort of introductory biography by outsiders interested in the movement, the passages from the Evangelium contained in the...

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Shapur I (Yale University Art Gallery)

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