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Bibil Identifier bibil:249976
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Manichaean Women in a Pseudo-Augustinian Testimony: An Analysis of the North African Testimonium de Manichaeis sectatoribus
Author van Oort, Johannes
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 71, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 85-94 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The article analyses the rather unknown and understudied Testimonium de Manichaeis sectatoribus. This Pseudo-Augustinian text has come down to us in two Latin manuscripts (one from Saint Gervais, Paris; the other from a Vatican codex) and interestingly elucidates the place and role of women among the Manichaeans of Roman Africa. Differences between the MSS lead to the conclusion that, in all likelihood, the text underwent some ‘masculinisation’ in the course of its tradition. In its (in all probability) most original form, i.e., in the MS from Saint Gervais, Manichaean women appear to have played a major role. On the basis of the Testimonium, furthermore, it may be suggested that—at least in Roman Africa—female Manichaeans were (re)named with names that were highly symbolic to the ‘Religion of Light’.
DOI 10.1163/15700720-12341258
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Sects and Schools : Manicheism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Augustine
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Codicology / Manuscripts
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