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The End of Time and the ‘Laws of Zoroaster’

A Zoroastrian Doctrine in the Manichaean Reception

Antonio Panaino    Università di Bologna, Italia    



Zoroastrian theology clearly insisted on the assumption that historical time was limited and that in its borders ‘evil’ should be destroyed. Practically, ‘time’ and ‘space’ were a sort of weapon used by Ohrmazd in order to entrap Ahreman and his demonic army. In this spatio-temporal framework, the end of historical time involved also the end of Ahreman himself, so that one of the actions enacted by the ‘Antagonist Spirit’ would be that of trying to delay and stop its regular course. Recent studies on the Manichaean Coptic Kephalaia of Dublin confirm the importance of this Mazdean doctrine and present a direct witness of this theological dogma, which was presented in a way conveniently fitting for the Gnostic religion professed by Mani.

keywords: Zoroastrianism. Manichaeism. Manichaean Coptic Kephalaia.

Language: it

Submitted: April 21, 2017
Accepted: May 9, 2017
permalink: http://doi.org/10.14277/6969-167-6/SR-9-3

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