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Mani's Psalms. Middle Persian, Parthian and Sogdian Texts in the Turfan Collection
Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst, Enrico Morano (eds)
- Pages: 380 p.
- Size:210 x 297 mm
- Illustrations:15 b/w
- Publication Year:2010
- € 80,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-2-503-52887-8
- Out of Print
"After a long time of preparation, and building upon the work of illustrious predecessors such as Walter Henning and Mary Boyce, Desmond Durkin Meisterernst and Enrico Morano have succeeded in composing the present edition. (...) its real scientific achievement should be valued by others." (Johannes van Oort, in: Vigiliae Christianae, 69.3, 2015, p. 336-337)
An edition of Mani’s Psalms, two litanies in Parthian
together with their Sogdian translation and related Middle Persian
texts, has been a desideratum since M. Boyce announced in 1960 that
she was preparing ‘The Parthian Versions of Mani’s
Psalms’. While only the Middle Persian text may go back
directly to Mani, the long Parthian litanies with the titles
qšwdg’n ’frywn and wzrg’n ’frywn
‘the small blessings’, and ‘the great
blessings’ are important Iranian Manichaean texts that are
represented in a large number of fragments (4 Middle Persian, 154
Parthian and 42 Sogdian) in the Turfan Collection in Berlin.
The edition contains an extensive introduction describing the difficulties the joint editors faced in the reconstruction of the difficult and incompletely attested text from the fragments, an edition of all the fragments, an annotated English translation, a complete glossary and plates of joined fragments.
Relevant fields: Iranian languages, Manichaeism, Central Asian studies