The Medinet Madi Library of Manichaean Codices at 90

Papers from the Symposium at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, 18-19 October 2019


The Medinet Madi Library comes of age in this landmark volume as one of the 20th century’s major finds of religious manuscripts. Discovered in Egypt’s Fayum region in 1929, these Coptic codices contain a cross-section of the sacred literature of the Manichaean religion. Early work on the collection in the 1930s was cut short by the ravages of the second world war. Recent decades have brought multiple new editorial projects, on which this volume offers a comprehensive set of status reports, as well as individual studies on aspects of the Manichaean religion informed by the library’s contents.

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Jason BeDuhn is Professor of the Comparative Study of Religions at Northern Arizona University and President of the International Association of Manichaean Studies. His major publications include The Manichaean Body: In Discipline and Ritual (Johns Hopkins, 2000), Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma (Pennsylvania, 2010 & 2013), and The First New Testament: Marcion’s Scriptural Canon (Polebridge, 2012).

Paul Dilley is Associate Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of Iowa, and a Senior Fellow of the Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. In addition to his publications on Manichaeism, he is the author of Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (Cambridge, 2017) and co-editor of Linked Open Data for the Ancient World: Structures, Practices, Prospects (ISAW Papers, 2021), among other volumes.

Iain Gardner is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Sydney, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. His recent publications include The Founder of Manichaeism (Cambridge University Press 2020) and Mani’s Epistles (Kohlhammer 2022).
List of Figures and Tables

Jason BeDuhn, Paul Dilley and Iain Gardner

Part 1: Reports on Editorial Work on the Medinet Madi Library

1 Towards an Edition of the Coptic Manichaean Synaxeis Codex: Another Progress Report
Wolf-Peter Funk

2 Comments on a Possible Second Text in the Coptic Manichaean Synaxeis Codex
Paul Mirecki

3 The Chester Beatty Kephalaia: Report on Work in Progress
Paul Dilley

4 Report on the Manichaean Codices of Medinet Madi: The Epistles (P. Berol. Inv. 15998)
Iain Gardner

5 The Publication of Psalm Book Part 1, Plates 1 to 128
Siegfried G. Richter

Part 2: Manichaean Studies Based in the Medinet Madi Library

6 Cutting Down the Bitter Tree: A Motif with Biblical Roots in the First Part of the Manichaean Psalm Book (IAMS Presidential Address)
Nils Arne Pedersen

7 Devotional and Didactic Pantheons in Manichaeism: Kellis, Medinet Madi, Turfan, Dunhuang
Jason David BeDuhn

8 (No) Providence among the Manichaeans? Divine Care in the Kephalaia of the Teacher
Dylan M. Burns

9 Mani’s Ascendancy: Revelatory Events and the Emergence of a New Religious Movement in Antiquity
April D. DeConick

10 Remarks about Manichaean Christology
Jean-Daniel Dubois

11 Tracing Themes from Medinet Madi to China: Changes and Core Teaching in the Development of Manichaeism as a World Religion
Majella Franzmann

12 Choosing the 12 and the 72: A Diatessaronic Theme in the Dublin Volume of the Coptic Manichaean Kephalaia Codices
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi

13 “We Rejoice All of Us as We See Your Bēma” (Psalm Book 229, 24.19): Visualization and the Art of Memory in the Coptic Manichaean Psalms
Eduard Iricinschi

14 A Robber in Paradise: Luke 23:43 in Manichaean and Anti-Manichaean Exegesis
Flavia Ruani

15 Re-reading Manichaean Cosmogonic Fragments (M1001–1032, 9000)
Mihaela Timuș

Index of Modern Authors and Researchers
Index of Ancient Names, Texts, and Subjects
Academics working in manuscript studies, codicology, papyrology, Coptic language and literature, and religious history; libraries of all major universities and other institutes with programs in these subjects.
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