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Title: On Kings and on the Last Days in Seventh Century Iraq
Subtitle: A Mandaean Text and its Parallels
Author(s): SHAPIRA, Dan D.Y.
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 22 Date: 2010
We are interested here in striking similarities of parts of the Weltgeschichte (world-history), as found in Book 18 of the Mandaean Ginza Rabba, to several Pahlavi apocalyptic texts and to Christian apocalyptic compositions from the seventh century Iraq. If these similarities can be proven to be a result of the influence of the Pahlavi apocalyptic texts on the Mandaean literature, then one should guess that these Pahlavi texts have enjoyed a broader audience than is generally surmised. In the following we will bring forth contents of Book 18; a shorter parallel to be found at the end of Book 1 of Ginza Rabba.