Thousands of Names, Hundreds of Lineages

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153859
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834051 | DOI:

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 Thousands of Names, Hundreds of Lineages

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Deals with some aspects of the author's own ongoing research on Mandaean colophons, including the postscripts, which are called tariks. Colophons form family trees because they list names and thereby show the vital threads of scribal lineages through the centuries. The names of a great number of copyist priests, the colophons present nothing less than an unbroken Mandaean history. A translation of an entire tarik from one of the Manuscript A (1560) in Petermann's Ginza is included.

Keywords: ancient texts; colophons; copyists; Ginza; Mandaeans; Mandaeism; postscripts; priests; scribes; tariks

Chapter.  4243 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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