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By Andrew Philip Smith

Among the casualties of the western intervention in Iraq and the new actions of ISIS are the Mandeans of Southern Iraq. those peace-loving individuals are now fleeing to the west. they're the final Gnostics, the one surviving remnant of the traditional sects who taught the direct wisdom of God, created their very own gospels and myths and have been persecuted as heretical via the church within the moment and 3rd centuries. The Mandeans position weekly river baptisms on the centre in their non secular lifestyles and the first exemplar in their faith is none except John the Baptist. what's the actual historical past of this mysterious and lengthy lived sect? Can the Mandean peoples fairly be traced again to the 1st century? And who was once John the Baptist? This booklet follows the background of the Mandeans from their current plight again via their earliest encounters with the West, their position in Islamic counties, their attainable impression at the Templars, again to their origins as a primary century baptismal sect hooked up to John the Baptist and beyond.

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