Manichaeism
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1. History of Research

Manichaeism is the gnostic world religion which was named after → Mani. Although this self-styled gnostic prophet and “apostle of Jesus Christ” flourished in the 3rd century C.E., it was not before the beginning of the 18th century that his religion became the object of serious historical and theological research.

During many centuries, the term “Manichaeism” was in use in the West, but mainly as…

Cite this page
Oort, Johannes van, “Manichaeism”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 24 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_226>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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