Meeting Mandaeans at #AARSBL16

I am so grateful to Jorunn Buckley for organizing a meeting between scholars who work on the Mandaean religion, and two representatives of the Mandaean community here in San Antonio. We had fascinating conversations about the challenges their scattered small communities face, and explored practical ways that scholars might be able to support them.

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  • christine

    Please don’t hide information about John the Baptist. The Mandaeans will never say that Jesus was a real person no matter how much a Christian group supports them, and I have not read anything by James McGrath that alludes to that fact. James McGrath is a Christian, and he won’t give up Jesus as the Christ, not from what I’ve read. John the Baptist was the teacher in the first century, not Jesus. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Jesus existed. Lena Einhorn has pushed research further on ‘Who was Jesus?” This is a good documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAlVrb_pMl0

    • Saying that a fringe viewpoint is “good” doesn’t make it so, and claiming that Mandaean sources do not say what they say is simple dishonesty.