The Mandaeans and Heterodox Judaism

Recently there has been considerable discussion about the connection between Judaism and the Mandaean religion. Some scholars argue that the Mandaeans had their origin in heterodox Judaism; others stress affinities with other religious traditions. On the basis of rabbinic evidence which has been neg...

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Published in:Hebrew Union College annual
Main Author: Cohn-Sherbok, Dan 1945-
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: College 1983
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In: Hebrew Union College annual
Year: 1983, Volume: 54, Pages: 147-151
Further subjects:B Mandeans
B Diasporajudentum
Parallel Edition:Electronic
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Summary:Recently there has been considerable discussion about the connection between Judaism and the Mandaean religion. Some scholars argue that the Mandaeans had their origin in heterodox Judaism; others stress affinities with other religious traditions. On the basis of rabbinic evidence which has been neglected in this discussion, it is possible to find support for the contention that Judaism and Mandaeism were interconnected. In rabbinic literature of the tannaitic and amoraic periods Jewish heretical groups (minim) are often mentioned. In several texts they are described as believing in the doctrine of a heavenly Adam who is a co-partner with God in creation. Assuming that in these sources the rabbis had a single heresy in mind, it is quite possible that they are referring to the predecessors of the present-day Mandaeans who subscribed to a similar belief. Such an identification would point to a genetic relationship between Judaism and the Mandaean religion.
ISSN:0360-9049
Contains:In: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Hebrew Union College annual