In 2009 the Seventh International Conference of Manichaean Studies was held at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin. The 22 selected papers of this volume offer a deep insight into the faith of Manichaean communities ranging from the very beginning of the 3rd century up to the last traces of worship today. Among others the authors deal with sources from Augustin, John the Grammarian, Ephrem the Syrian and further sources written in Coptic, Sogdian, Middle Persian, Parthian and Chinese. Several studies about Manichaean art and iconography offer a visual impression, which gives a new opportunity for understanding the religion of Light.
Siegfried G. Richter, Dr. phil. habil is apl. Prof. in Coptology and research associate at the Institute for New Testament Textual Research at the University of Münster. His main topics are Manichaeism, Christian Nubia, and the Coptic tradition of the New Testament.
Charles Horton M.A., was Head of Collections and Curator of the Western Collections of the Chester Beatty Library. His numerous works on the history of the Library and it's collections include:
The Earliest Gospels: The Origins and Transmission of the Earliest Christian Gospels - The Contribution of the Chester Beatty Gospel Codex P45.
Klaus Ohlhafer, M.A., Egyptologist, is lecturer at the Institute for Egyptology and Coptology, University of Münster, and is preparing a thesis about the Ramesside period.
"many insightful contributions... in this volume [and] lavish colourplates [...] a wonderful supplement to the intellectually stimulating volume and result in discussions that enrich both the mind and the eye." – Paul Foster,
University of Edinburgh, in:
The Expository Times 127 (3)
Table of contents
Charles Horton, MANI - The Lost Religion of Light: The Interpretation of Manichaean Manuscripts for a General Audience
Sara Antonietta Luisa Arnoldi, Der Kampf Augustins gegen die Manichäer: Das Beispiel der Schrift De Genesi contra Manichaeos
Byard Bennett, The Physics of Light, Darkness and Matter in John the Grammarian’s First Homily against the Manichaeans: Early Byzantine Anti-Manichaean Literature as a Window on Controversies in later Neoplatonism
Fernando Bermejo, Primal Man, Son of God: from Explicit to Implicit Christian Elements in Manichaeism
Iris Colditz, The Abstract of a Religion or: What is Manichaeism?
J. Kevin Coyle (†), Biblical Pseudepigrapha among North African Manichaeans
Jean-Daniel Dubois, A Possible Liturgical Context for the First Hymn to Jesus in the Chinese Manichaean Hymnbook (col. 6–44)
Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst, Abecedarian Hymns, a Survey of Published Middle Persian and Parthian Manichaean Hymns
Jorinde Ebert, Individualisation of Redemption in a Manichaean Painting from Ningbo
Majella Franzmann, Kephalaia 55 and the Great Free Woman: Concepts of Seclusion and Public Exhibition in Relation to Women and Female Figures in Manichaean Texts
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Images of Jesus in Manichaean Art
Gábor Kósa, Two Manichaean Judgment Scenes― MIK III 4959 V and the Yamato Bunkakan Sandōzu Painting
Ma Xiaohe, Remains of the Religion of Light in Xiapu (霞浦) County, Fujian Province
Gunner Mikkelsen, Recent Research on Chinese Manichaean Texts
Wolf B. Oerter, Fragen an Kephalaia Kapitel 151 (ed. Funk) – Kephalaia Kapitel 154 (ed. Schmidt/Polotsky) Revisited
Nils Arne Pedersen, Syriac Texts in Manichaean Script: New Evidence
Christiane Reck, Sogdian Manichaean Confessional Fragments in Sogdian Script in the Berlin Turfan Collection: the Fragments of the Xwāstwānīft
Flavia Ruani, The “Seal of the Mouth” in the Anti-Manichaean Polemic of Ephrem the Syrian
Cristos Theodorou, The Concept of Body and the Body of Christ in the Manichaean Coptic Psalm-Book
Agnès Le Tiec, La manifestation de l’image dans l’« Homélie sur la Grande Guerre »
Wang Yuanyuan & Lin Wushu, The Last Remains of Manichaeism in Villages of Jinjiang County, China
Yutaka Yoshida, Southern Chinese Version of Mani’s Picture Book Discovered?
Scholars and students interested in the Manichaean religion, but also researcher in different fields like Sinology, Oriental studies, Indo-Germanic philology, Coptology, Art History, study of Antiquity, Religious studies and Theology.