Frontiers of Faith: The Christian Encounter With Manichaeism in the Acts of Archelaus

Jason David BeDuhn, Paul Allan Mirecki
BRILL, 2007 - 178 pagina's
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Taking as their common subject the key early Christian anti-Manichaean work, the Acts of Archelaus ("Acta Archelai"), the contributors to this volume offer a systematic exploration of what the text has to tell us about inter-religious contact, conflict, and comprehension at a crucial moment in religious history: the encounter between Christianity and Manichaeism along the political and cultural frontier zone of West Asia in the early fourth century CE. The contributions examine the text's structure, apologetic and polemical strategies, and possible sources, and through these analyses challenge received notions of 'orthodoxy' and 'heresy' in the mutual construction of identity that took place between these two claimants to the Christian heritage.

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1 Placing the Acts of Archelaus Jason BeDuhn and Paul Mirecki
The Portrayal of Mani in the Acts of Archelaus J Kevin Coyle
Fact and Fiction in the Acta Archelai Revisited Iain Gardner
4 Narrative Options in Manichaean Eschatology Tudor Andrei Sala
Contrasts between Archelaus and Mani in the Acta Archelai J Kevin Coyle
Intertextuality and the Struggle over the Legacy of Christ in the Acta Archelai Jason BeDuhn
The Two Natures Free Will and the Scriptural Evidence in the Acta Archelai Kevin Kaatz
Competing Ideas of Kingship in the AntiManichaean Acta Archelai Timothy Pettipiece
9 Biblical Antitheses Adda and the Acts of Archelaus Jason BeDuhn
A Rooftop Ritual for Acquiring an Aerial Spirit Assistant Paul Mirecki
Its Nature and Function within the Acta Archelai Byard Bennett
Table of Biblical References
General Index
Index of Modern Authors

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Jason BeDuhn, Ph.D. (Indiana University, 1995) in the Comparative Study of Religions, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of The Manichaean Body: In Discipline and Ritual (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), and co-editor, with Paul Mirecki, of Emerging from Darkness: Studies on the Recovery of Manichaean Sources (Brill, 1997), and The Light and the Darkness: Studies on Manichaeism and its World (Brill, 2001).
Paul Mirecki, Th.D. (Harvard, 1986) in History of Christian Origins, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the co-author, with Charles W. Hedrick, of The Gospel of the Savior: A New Ancient Gospel (Polebridge Press, 1999) and co-editor, with Marvin Meyer, of Ancient Magic and Ritual Power (Brill, 1995), and Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World (Brill, 2002).

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