This is the eighth in a series of profiles of the presenters at the upcoming 2015 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium to be held September 25-26 at York University in Toronto. Remember, if you register for the symposium, you will receive drafts of the papers in advance, thus enabling you to participate more fully in the discussions that follow. For registration information, visit the YCAS 2015 web site (HERE).
Timothy Pettipiece teaches Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in Ottawa. He is the author of Pentadic Redaction in the Manichaean Kephalaia published by Brill in the series Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies.
A graduate of Université Laval (PhD 2006), he is broadly interested in religious culture of the late antique Near East and works primarily on gnostic and Manichaean texts preserved in Coptic, Greek, and Syriac. He is particularly interested in how Manichaeans received and adapted existing apocryphal traditions in service of their own theological agenda. At present, he is competing a translation and commentary on the Greek/Syriac Manichaean citations from Titus of Bostra’s Contra manichaeos, while also serving as managing editor of SR: Studies in Religion/ Sciences religieuses.
“Manichaean Redaction of the Secret Book of John”
In spite of being so similar in theme and content, few comparative studies have been done between the Nag Hammadi and Medinet Madi codices. This paper examines the multiple versions of the Secret Book of John and detects a number of important Manichaean redactions and revisions. Consequently, more light can be shed on the textual history of the Nag Hammadi codices.