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The Manichaean View of the Crucifixion

crucifixDo Manichaeans believe Christ underwent a physical crucifixion and subsequent resurrection? Was he literally hanged on a cross? Some scholarly writings say that Manichaeans despise the thought of the Crucifixion – is this true?

Manichaeans speak of the Crucifixion in three different ways.

  • The Light being crucified, the Cross of Light
  • Isho (Jesus) was crucified (pierced, hanged) during the time of the Tabernacle (Moses’ time)
  • The “appearance” of Crucifixion in First Century Judaea

All three of these are related, with the last two pointing back to the Cross of Light.
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