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The Mandaeans : The Last Gnostics
Edmondo Lupieri

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Format: Hardcover, 292pp.
ISBN: 080283924X
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub
Pub. Date: 2001

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This fascinating book presents for the first time a complete introduction to Mandaeanism, a branch of Gnosticism that has survived to the present day.

In an engaging style that mirrors the interesting nature of his subject, Edmondo Lupieri portrays the traditional way of life of the Mandaeans, still found living today in Iraq and Iran, and introduces readers to the world of Mandaean ideas — including the view that they are the only ones on earth who possess the true and oldest faith. Lupieri reconstructs the history of the interaction between Mandaeanism and the Western world, beginning with Ricoldo da Montecroce, a thirteenth-century Italian monk who is the first known European to write about the Mandaeans, and continuing on to present scholarship. He also offers a critical analysis of the Mandaean written and oral traditions concerning their origin, history, and self-understanding.

The book is made even more valuable by the inclusion of an extensive anthology of translated Mandaean texts, complete with notes. This collection of writings presents the spiritual world of Mandaeanism with fragments of mythical-theological texts and pages of ethical and historical meditations.


Edmondo Lupieri’s excellent introduction to the Mandaeans both fills an important gap in contemporary historical scholarship on religion and offers an opportunity for a broad audience to become acquainted with this fascinating people and their tradition. Among the most ancient of the world’s living religions, the Mandaeans have preserved their tradition through periods of persecution and plenty. Lupieri’s well-researched book tells this story and introduces the texts of this tradition in a finely written style.
—Karen L. King

This book makes an important contribution to the study of a religion whose modern adherents are largely unknown and whose ancient sources are not accessible to students of religion with access to a scholarly library. For the scholar, Lupieri’s careful analysis of the historical information about Mandaeanism provides a new look at how this movement was shaped by the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The annotated anthology of selections from Mandaean texts provides a readable guide for the novice. Its attention to texts that refer to the religion of others will be particularly valuable to students of comparative religion.
—Pheme Perkins

Lupieri’s eminently readable and highly informative introduction to the Mandaeans fills a large gap in academic treatments of this still understudied tradition, whose origins and history are both fascinating and shrouded in considerable mystery. His engaging style of analysis offers an insightful framework for understanding the nature and evolution of Mandaean culture and its relation to other religious cultures — Jewish, Christian, and Islamic — among which and over against which it has shaped its own identity. This book should be very useful in helping students to see Mandaean religion as not merely an obscure curiosity but as one case study with some remarkable relevance for exploring the dynamics of religion and ethnicity in our world at large.
—Michael A. Williams


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Edmondo Lupieri is Professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Udine, Italy. He is the author of seven books in Italian on such subjects as John the Baptist, Jesus, and early Christian history, and he has written numerous journal articles and essays.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Italian Editionix
Preface to the American Editionxiii
Part I.History
The Mandaeans3
Life, Customs, and Religious Rituals3
The Ideas33
The Literature53
List of the Principal Published Mandaean Texts, Together with Information on Some Unpublished Ones54
Bibliographic Suggestions59
2.The Mandaeans and the West: A History of Interaction61
Initial Contact61
The Rediscovery67
The Mission83
The Failure105
The Erudite and the Travelers110
Professors and Diplomats114
The "Mandaean Question"122
3.Legends and History127
Between Egypt and India129
Jerusalem, John the Baptist, and the Others144
Genealogies of Scribes165
Part IIThe Texts (An Anthology)
1.Abstracts of Theology175
2.The First Man187
3.From the Creation to the Flood199
4.The Religions of Others203
5.The Jews, Jerusalem and Miriai213
6.John, a True Madaean224
7.Jesus, the "False Messiah"240
8.The "Son of the Arab Butcher"254

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