Mandaeanism


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Noun1.Mandaeanism - a Gnostic religion originating the 2nd and 3rd centuries that believes John the Baptist was the Messiah and that incorporates Jewish and Christian elements into a framework of dualistic beliefsMandaeanism - a Gnostic religion originating the 2nd and 3rd centuries that believes John the Baptist was the Messiah and that incorporates Jewish and Christian elements into a framework of dualistic beliefs
Gnosticism - a religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person's spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches
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Mandaeism or Mandaeanism is a monotheistic religion with a strongly dualistic worldview.
Lupieri argues persuasively against the theory of a Western or Palestinian origin of Mandaeanism, favoring an origin in Mesopotamia, likely in the late second or early third century A.
Active under the Arsacids in the early third century, Zazai's position as the historical founder is diminished over time in that Mandaeanism is an eternal religion and can have no human founder.