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Bibil Identifier bibil:249967
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Another Case of Human Semen Eucharist Among the Manichaeans?
Title (English, ) Notes on the ‘Ceremony of the Fig’ in Cyril of Jerusalem’s Catechesis VI
Author van Oort, Johannes
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 70, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 430-440 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The article focuses on a neglected passage in Cyril of Jerusalem’s Catechesis VI in which he speaks of the curious Manichaean ‘ceremony of the fig’. After providing the Greek text and a fresh translation of Cat. VI,33, an analysis is given of its contents. Noting that Cyril seems to have been well acquainted with those books of the Manichaeans (in all likelihood Mani’s Treasure) in which the myth of the Seduction of the Archons was told, I provide an overview and analysis of his description of the Manichaean ‘ceremony of the fig’. Cyril’s account seems to be corroborated by one or, perhaps, even two of the miniatures from Central Asia in which figs appear to be central in Manichaean sacred meals.
DOI 10.1163/15700720-12301031
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Cyril of Jerusalem
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Sects and Schools : Manicheism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Sexuality
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Eucharist
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