This paper investigates the complex evolution of the figure of Mary Magdalene in Mandaean and Manichaean texts. In both religions, her features are conflated with those of other Marys, especially of the mother of Jesus, and are grounded in Gnostic traditions rather than in the canonical Gospels. The first part of the article analyses the character of Miriai, whose story covers some chapters of the Mandaean "Book of John", and brings to light its affinities with the Gnostic Apocryphon of John and Exegesis of the Soul. The second part examines the presence of a salvific Mary in a small group of Manichaean Psalms.

The Vine and the Net-Caster: Mandaean and Manichaean Transformations of Mary Magdalene

Emiliano Fiori
2019

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This paper investigates the complex evolution of the figure of Mary Magdalene in Mandaean and Manichaean texts. In both religions, her features are conflated with those of other Marys, especially of the mother of Jesus, and are grounded in Gnostic traditions rather than in the canonical Gospels. The first part of the article analyses the character of Miriai, whose story covers some chapters of the Mandaean "Book of John", and brings to light its affinities with the Gnostic Apocryphon of John and Exegesis of the Soul. The second part examines the presence of a salvific Mary in a small group of Manichaean Psalms.
Mary Magdalene from the New Testament to the New Age and Beyond
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