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  • A Manichaean church at Kellis


  • "This volume offers a comprehensive account of a Manichaean community in fourth-century Roman Egypt. The study analyses papyrological material from Kellis, a village in Egypt's Dakhleh Oasis, and their implications for Manichaeism as a socio-religious movement. Drawing on social network theory and engaging with current trends in the study of lived ancient religion, Teigen explores how lay families at Kellis cohered as a religious community. Whereas recent scholarship has seen the laity here as largely detached from distinctively Manichaean traditions, he argues that the papyri in fac reveal a community immersed in Manichaean ideas and practices. The book thereby shows how new religious identities were deeply entangled in everyday social life in late antiquity"-- Provided by publisher.


  • Teigen, Håkon Fiane, author

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  • Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2021]


  • Introduction: Mani's Church and Social Life -- Life in Kellis: Society and Religion in an Oasis Town -- The Pamour Family: Familial and Economic Networks -- Village Networks: The Small World of Fourth-Century Kellis -- Manichaean Cues: Religious Identity in Everyday Life -- Manichaean Networks: The Social Networks of the Laity at Kellis -- Manichaean Books: Textual Practices, Community, and the Literary Texts -- Manichaean Rituals: Elect and Laity at Kellis -- The Manichaean Church: Elect Organisation -- Conclusion: A Church in the World.


  • -  Manichaeans--Egypt--Kellis (Extinct city)
  • -  Manichaeism
  • -  Kellis (Extinct city)--Civilization


  • -  Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • BT1410

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  • 2021008228

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Teigen, Håkon Fiane, Author. A Manichaean church at Kellis. [Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2021] Pdf.

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Teigen, H. F. (2021) A Manichaean church at Kellis. [Leiden ; Boston: Brill] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Teigen, Håkon Fiane, Author. A Manichaean church at Kellis. [Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2021] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.