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correctly ‘Bar-Daisan’, regarded by later writers as a heretic. All that is certain about his life is that he was a speculative thinker associated with the court of Abgar VIII at Edessa. In his ‘Dialogue of Destiny’ he argued against the determinism of astrologers. His cosmological teaching probably influenced Mani; his Christology was docetic and he denied the resurrection of the body.

Subjects: Christianity.

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