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Titus of Bostra
Biblical and Manichaean Citations in Titus of Bostra’s Against the Manichaeans
An Annotated Inventory

P.-H. Poirier, T. Pettipiece
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XXIV+204 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-57767-8
Languages: English, Greek, Syriac
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The Biblical and Manichean documentation of Titus de Bostra: a unique source for textual criticism and the history of religions.

This volume is the third and final part of a trilogy devoted to Titus of Bostra’s Against the Manichaeans. The first part, the critical edition of the remains of the Greek text and of the complete Syriac version as well as of the excerpts from the Sacra Parallela attributed to John Damascene, appeared in 2013 as volume 82 in the Series Graeca of the Corpus Christianorum. The second part, a French synoptic translation of the Greek and the Syriac, was published in 2015 as volume 21 in the Corpus Christianorum in Translation series. The main objective of the present inventory is to make available to specialists and all those interested the rich Biblical and Manichaean documentation used by Titus of Bostra in his refutation. With the exception of the Contra Faustum of Augustine, Titus of Bostra’s Against the Manichaeans is indisputably the most extensive Christian refutation of Manichaeism. Titus’ work is also a goldmine of information on the Manichaean doctrine and a valuable source for the history of the text of the Old and New Testament in Greek and Syriac. The fact that the manuscript of the Syriac version is not only very ancient but also precisely dated (to November 411) adds to its value as a witness of the Syriac biblical text.

Paul-Hubert Poirier, member of the Institut de France and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is professor at Université Laval, Québec, Canada. His fields of research are Gnosticism, Manichaeism and apocryphal literature, especially the Gospel and Acts of Thomas. He has published extensively on these topics.

Timothy Pettipiece, PhD, is a lecturer at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and the University of Ottawa. His fields of expertise are late Antiquity and Manichaeism. His publications include PentadicRedaction in the Manichaean Kephalaia (2009) and many articles.
Table of Contents

Abbreviations and bibliography
1. Titus of Bostra
2. The Against the Manichaeans
3. The Biblical and Manichaean Citations in the Against the Manichaeans
4. Purpose and Nature of the Inventory
The Biblical Citation
Index of Passages Containing Biblical Citations
The Manichaean Citations
Index of Key Terms
Index of Sources and Cited Texts


“The volume is equipped with bibliography and indices. There is no doubt that Poirier’s and Pettipiece’s inventories are useful and meticulously made tools, which will be useful for all scholars interested in Titus of Bostra, Manichaean studies, and the history of the Biblical texts.” (Nils Arne Pedersen, in Vigiliae Christianae, 73, 2019, p. 464; see also Manichaean Studies Newsletter, 32, 2017/18, p. 17-18)

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Ancient & Oriental religions (excl. Judaism & offshoots)
Judaeo-Christian Bible : texts criticism & exegesis
Linguistic studies & translations of the Bible
Christian Church : laity & heterodoxy
Faith and dogmatic issues
Heresies, persecutions of heterodoxy, christian denominations & sects
Christian Theology & Theologians
Eastern Fathers
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek literature
Greek literature of the Early Christian church

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