By John Reeves
This quantity examines the transmission of biblical pseudepigraphic literature and motifs from their mostly Jewish cultural contexts in Palestine to constructing gnostic milieux of Syria and Mesopotamia, really that one mendacity in the back of the delivery and development of Manichaeism. It surveys biblical pseudepigraphic literary job within the past due old close to East, devoting certain recognition to revelatory works attributed to the 5 biblical forefathers who're stated 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 gives hypotheses concerning the unique provenance of every quotation and the potential in which those traditions were tailored to their current context. This learn is a vital 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.