“The religion of the Manichaeans” is spreading in Iranian bookstores

TEHRAN – English theologian Francis Crawford Burkitt’s book “The Religion of the Manichaeans” has been published in Persian by Saless in Tehran.

Originally published in 1924, the book was translated into Persian by Seyyed Saeidreza Montazeri and Payman Samimi.

This book contains the Donnellan Lectures given by Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) at Trinity College, Dublin in June 1923.

Their subject is Manichaeism, a dualistic form of Christianity that flourished during the fourth and fifth centuries in Central Asia.

In particular, Burkitt is interested in the discovery of fragments of Manichaean literary texts in Chinese Turkestan, near the Siberian border, at the beginning of the 20th century.

The first lecture presents the history of the Manichés and reviews the sources of information available about them.

The second deals with the Manichaean view of Jesus, the organization of the Manichaean church and Manichaean eschatology.

The third analyzes the influences behind Manichaean thought and teaching, including important influences from Marcion and St. Augustine.

Burkitt’s lectures were influential in publicizing new discoveries of Manichaean manuscript fragments and remain an important resource for those studying heterodox movements in early Christianity.

As Norris Professor of Theology at the University of Cambridge from 1905 until shortly before his death, Burkitt was an outspoken critic of the notion of a separate New Testament “caesarean text” advanced by B. H. Streeter and others.

Burkitt was a notable figure at Cambridge from 1912 to 1935 for his chairmanship of the Cambridge New Testament Seminar, which was attended by other prominent theologians, including Robert Newton Flew, who left an account of it in an obituary for Burkitt in the Proceedings of the British Academy. .

He was also president of the Cambridge Philological Society from 1904 to 1905. Burkitt was one of the founding members of the Cambridge Theological Society which was devoted to research and its president from 1907 to 1909.

Photo: cover of the Persian edition of Francis Crawford Burkitt’s book “The religion of the Manichaeans”.


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