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The young Augustine's knowledge of Manichaeism

an analysis of the Confessiones and some other relevant texts

Mainly on the basis of an analysis of the relevant passages in the Confessiones, this article suggests: 1. that already the young Augustine, during his years as a Manichaean Hearer, acquired a thorough knowledge of Manichaeism; 2. that he obtained this thorough knowledge by his own reading and studying of Mani's and other Manichaean works. Moreover, it is argued that, in all likelihood, Augustine's Confessiones testify to the existence in the Latin West of Mani's so-called Image, the painted picture book illustrating his Gnostic doctrine.

Author: Johannes van Oort
Publisher: S.n., s.l., 2008
Volume:
62
Pages:
441-466
Language:
English
Periodical:
Vigiliae Christianae
Number:
5
Format: Article
Topic: - Biography > Background > Northern Africa > Religions > Manichaeism
- Biography > Person and Life > Specialized biographical studies > youth of Augustine > biographical studies
- Biography > Relations and Sources > Manichaeism. Neo-manichaeism > Manichaeism related to Augustine > Augustine the Manichee
- Works > Anti-Manichean Works > General
- Works > Confessiones > Topics > [Manichéisme]
Status: Needs Review