Saturday, November 5, 2016
Mani in Syriac
"According to al-Nadīm's Fihrist, “Mānī wrote seven books, one of them in Persian and six in Syriac, the language of Syria”. 1 Also Titus of Bostra ..." Aramaic manuscript. Aramaic manuscript translated in Mosul 1499. Mani presenting his drawing. "Mandaeism or Mandaeanism (Modern Mandaic: מנדעיותא Mandaʻiūtā; Arabic: مندائية Mandāʼīyah) is a gnostic religion with a strongly dualistic worldview. It`s adherents, the Mandaeans, revere Adam, Abel, Seth, Enos, Noah, Shem, Aram, and especially John the Baptist, but reject Abraham, Moses and Jesus. The Aramaic manda means "knowledge," as does Greek gnosis. Mani grew up with the Mandean books, his father was Mandean and Mani was raised among them. Persian landscape. Map of Manichaeism, note that Mani is shown in Syria and not in Persia. He was raised among the Mandeans and he wrote in Syrian Aramaic. Iraq - Sabean Mandeans at the Euphrates River. Note the gesture of the members, this is the pose of the Bishop on two of the Michigan slates. Note the pose of the bishop. ( Click to enlarge). Note the pose of the bishop upper left - both of these slates depict traumatic situations, confrontations.