By Jacob Albert van den Berg
The use and appreciation of Scripture by means of the Manichaeans is a box of study with many unanswered questions. This examine deals an research into the function of the Bible within the writings of the $64000 Manichaean missionary Addas Adimantus (flor. ca. 250 CE), certainly one of Mani's first disciples. a huge a part of the booklet is devoted to the reconstruction of the contents of his Disputationes, during which writing Adimantus tried to illustrate that the outdated and New Testaments are completely irreconcilable.
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Adimantus: a manichaean missionary the title of Teacher later, namely after the return of Patticius to Mani. 99 . Adimantus’ missionary journeys Among the Coptic Manichaean sources from Medinet Madi, a so-called Acta Apostolorum Manichaeorum was found, which described the history of the diffusion of Mani’s teachings. These Acta were acquired by Carl Schmidt in Egypt in . 101 Another important source of Manichaean missionary activities, namely Mani’s Letters, seems to have shared the same fate: merely some not yet published fragments seem to have been left.
104 Sundermann states that the texts give no indication about their date or author, see his ‘Zur frühen missionarischen Wirksamkeit Manis’, AOH () – (). However, Tardieu, ‘Les Manichéens en Égypte’, , dates the text M to the sixth century. 106 Addas plays a major role in these texts: they present us with a missionary who is active and very successful. Five fragments are worth quoting in full. 107 This text gives a summary of the activities of the Manichaean missionaries in the Roman Empire: “.
141 See n. . See n. . 143 See n. . 144 See n. . 145 J. Vergote, ‘Coptica. Het Manichaeisme in Egypte’, Jaarbericht Ex Oriente Lux () – (). Kell. /Copt. Kell. /Copt. , edition: I. Gardner, Kellis Literary Texts (), Oxford , – [= Gardner, KLT]. Cf. I. Gardner, A. Alcock and Wolf-Peter Funk, Coptic Documentary Texts from Kellis I, Oxford , – [= Gardner, CDTK]. 147 Cf. Gardner & Lieu, ‘From Marmouthis to Kellis’, and ; Gardner, KLT, vii and xv. 150 Above, we have discussed the hypothesis of Decret and others, who suppose that Adimantus was the Manichaean missionary of Roman Africa.