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Title: Mani at the Court of the Persian Kings: Studies on the Chester Beatty Kephalaia Codex
Author: Gardner, Iain
Additional Authors or Contributors: Jason BeDuhn, Paul Dilley
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2014
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004234703
Volumes: 1; Pages:
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In Mani at the Court of the Persian Kings the authors explore evidence arising from their project to edit the Chester Beatty Kephalaia codex. This new text presents Mani at the heart of Sasanian Iran in dialogue with its sages and nobles, acting as a cultural mediator between East and West and interpreter of Christian, Iranian, and Indian traditions. Nine chapters study Mani?s appropriation of the 'law of Zarades' and of Iranian epic; suggest a new understanding of his last days; and analyse his formative role in the history of late antique religions.
These interdisciplinary studies advance research in several fields and will be of interest to scholars of Manichaeism, Sasanian Iran, and the development of religions in Late Antiquity.
Table of Contents
Iain Gardner, An Introduction to the Chester Beatty Kephalaia Codex
PART A: Studies on the Manichaean Kephalaia
Paul Dilley, Mani's Wisdom at the Court of the Persian Kings: The Genre and Context of the Chester Beatty Kephalaia
Jason David BeDuhn, Parallels between Coptic and Iranian Kephalaia: Goundesh and the King of Touran
Iain Gardner, The Final Ten Chapters
PART B: New Sources from the Chester Beatty Codex
Paul Dilley, Also Schrieb Zarathustra? Mani as Interpreter of the ?Law of Zarades?
Jason David BeDuhn, Iranian Epic in the Chester Beatty Kephalaia
Iain Gardner, Mani's Last Days.
Map and Table of Place Names
PART C: Manichaeism and the History of Religions
Paul Dilley, "Hell Exists, and We have Seen the Place Where It Is": Rapture and Religious Competition in Sasanian Iran
Jason David BeDuhn, Mani and the Crystallization of the Concept of ?Religion? in Third Century Iran