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Pentadic Redaction in the Manichaean Kephalaia.
Leiden-Boston: Brill 2009. XI, 242 S. gr.8° = Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies, 66. Geb. EUR 105,00. ISBN 978-90-04-17436-8.
This book by Timothy Pettipiece consists of part I, a rather slender study of 91 pages which gives the book its title, part II (97–222) containing selected chapters from the Kephalaia to which reference is made in the first part and an appendix with a translation of Theodore Bar Khonai’s résumé of the Manichaean myth (223–229). A bibliography and indices round off the book which derives from a doctoral thesis.
Two questions that pose themselves immediately concern the inclusion of the latter half of the book. Why include translations of selected chapters of the Kephalaia given that I. Gardner published a complete translation in 1995? P. gives no reason for covering this ground again except to say on p. 95 (where Gardner’s work is not mentioned) that he has made every ...
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