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Brand, Religion and the Everyday Life of Manichaeans in Kellis (Brill open-access)

Religion and the Everyday Life of Manichaeans in Kellis

Beyond Light and Darkness

Series: Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies, Volume: 102

Author: Mattias Brand

Published in Open Access with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Religion is never simply there. In Religion and the Everyday Life of Manichaeans in Kellis, Mattias Brand shows where and when ordinary individuals and families in Egypt practiced a Manichaean way of life. Rather than portraying this ancient religion as a well-structured, totalizing community, the fourth-century papyri sketch a dynamic image of lived religious practice, with all the contradictions, fuzzy boundaries, and limitations of everyday life. Following these microhistorical insights, this book demonstrates how family life, gift-giving, death rituals, communal gatherings, and book writing are connected to our larger academic debates about religious change in late antiquity.

Copyright Year: 2022

Prices from (excl. VAT): €134.00 / $161.00 Hardback

E-Book (PDF)
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ISBN: 978-90-04-51029-6
Publication date: 20 May 2022

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ISBN: 978-90-04-50822-4
Publication date: 25 May 2022

Cross-file under Manichean Watch (Manichaean Watch) and Coptic Watch. For additional publications on the Manichean texts from Kellis, see here and here and links.

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