Are the Mandaeans Sabaeans? Based on their own false understanding of Ethel Stefana Drower’s book “The Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran,” (published in 1937), in 1969 CE., the Mandaeans of Iraq began to call themselves Sabaean-Mandaeans, causing annoyance and anger to Gnostic researchers in East and West alike.  The reason for that is: the new …

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Review of Authentic Mandaean Stories and Fairy Tales

Mandaeans worldwide today comprise small and comparatively isolated communities, a situation greatly magnified by the wars in Iran then Iraq.  To help bridge this isolation, this collection of authentic Mandaean tales will help to ground Mandaeans in their tradition once more.  While there is a tendency to belittle stories such as these, a critical eye …

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THE TEACHINGS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST The first English translation of the Draša ḏ-Yahya by Carlos Gelbert, titled Teachings of John the Baptist (TJB), Living Water Books, 2017, is largely based upon the pioneering efforts of Mark Lidzbarski’s German translation from a century before, but is able to elucidate numerous issues unclear to the earlier …

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