By Nils Arne Pedersen
This quantity is the 1st wide research of a Christian paintings from the 4th century, Titus of Bostra's Contra Manichaeos, that's the single textual content from the early Greek Church starting up a accomplished theodicy. The research illuminates the text's relation to modern theology and philosophy and translates it within the mild of the ideological conflicts among pagans, Catholic Christians and Manichaeans within the 4th century. It comprises an exam of the prospective Manichaean resources utilized by Titus, and, additionally, a severe textual content learn and translation of imperative passages in Contra Manichaeos, established either at the Greek textual content and the Syriac model of it.
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Mani is in agreement with the older heretics, and indeed he is even more ungodly than them. 3). Titus then turns to a rebuttal of the Manichaeans’ attack on Gen. and Ex. 30–47. In the ﬁrst Titus quotes and refers to one or more Manichaean texts that have construed and criticised Gen. , and in this context he employs various polemical strictures against the Manichaeans. 10–29 Titus defends Gen. 1–3 against the Manichaean criticism or profanity. 1-beginning of 7 = PG 18, “praefatio in librum tertium”.
31). 29, namely that the soul is made up of a good and a bad part. Sin must nevertheless originate from the good part, for that is the rational part and sin requires precisely deliberation. Titus himself, however, rejects outright the argument that the soul consists of various parts. 32). If evil were not a possibility for those who are training themselves in virtue, we would not be able to reproach the dissolute for any sin. 33). 34). The most 22 chapter two governing element, which is to be found in reason, is thus responsible for sins, but if Mani operates with a good and bad part of the soul, the most governing element must belong to the good part.
However, a few passages that do not contain text-critical problems are not included in Chapter XI, and in these cases both the original text and the translation are cited in the earlier chapters of the book. CHAPTER TWO SUMMARY OF CONTENTS As already stated, Contra Manichaeos is not an easily accessible text. The following summary of contents may therefore to some degree help readers over this diﬃculty by giving an impression of the whole work chapter by chapter. In the Syriac edition of Titus a division into chapters is sustained through all four books, an order that De Lagarde and later Nagel also transferred to the Greek text and which I employ in the present study; this chapter division must not be confused with that of Migne, PG 18.
Demonstrative Proof In Defence Of God: A Study Of Titus Of Bostra's Contra Manichaeos : The Work's Sources, Aims, And Relation To Its Contemporary Theology by Nils Arne Pedersen