Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma in Context

in Vigiliae Christianae
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This article describes the study of ‘Augustine and Manichaeism’ in context, mainly focusing on the recent book on the theme (the first one of a projected trilogy) by Jason David BeDuhn.

Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma in Context

in Vigiliae Christianae




First publications: H. Omont‘Fragments d’un très ancien manuscrit latin provenant de l’Afrique du Nord’Comptes rendus des séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres 1918Paris: Auguste Picard Éditeur 1918 241-250; Prosper Alfaric ‘Un manuscrit manichéen’ Revue d’Histoire et de Littérature religieuses nouvelle série 6 (1920) 62-98; latest analysis: Markus Stein Manichaica Latina Band 31: codex Thevestinus. Text Übersetzung Erläuterungen Paderborn etc.: Ferdinand Schöningh 2004.


Peter Brown‘The Diffusion of Manichaeism in the Roman Empire’JRS 59 (1969) 92-103 (repr. as ‘The Diffusion of Manichaeism in the Roman Empire in the Age of Saint Augustine’ in: P.R.L. Brown Religion and Society in the Age of Saint Augustine London: Faber & Faber 1972 94-118).


See e.g. BeDuhnibid.169; cf. 289.


BeDuhnibid.22. It may be added that this remark also holds true for A.’s other writings.


Cf. Possidiusuita Augustini 222.


Cf. Johannes van Oort‘Augustin und der Manichäismus’Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 46 (1994) 126-142.


Cf. Titus of BostraContra Manichaeos 129.

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