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date: 20 November 2019

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Still extant, the Mandaeans are the longest-surviving Gnostic people from the era of late antiquity. Belonging to the rubric of Gnostic Baptists, the Mandaeans may have had a historical connection to John the Baptist before they emigrated to Iraq and Iran in the first century. In terms of sheer bulk, their enormous literary canon—which exists in a variety of forms, and in their own language, Mandaic—has no rival among Gnostic groups. This literature, including the Ginza (The Book of Adam), their holy book, is described, with an emphasis on the most prominent documents and with reference to the principal western scholars and translators of Mandaean texts.

Keywords: Hellenistic Religions, Gnosticism, Ginza, Manda d-Hiia, The Book of John

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