[John-Lit]John and Mandaeanism
- It is often said that Mandaean literature influenced the Gospel (though some say the influence must be the other way because Mandaean literature is too late). My question is, how widely read was the Mandaean material? Would the Greek or Roman "Man in the street" have recognised a reference to it if he heard it?
On a related note - I 'm looking into Greco-Roman reader response to the predicated "I am" sayings. What would it mean to a Gentile to hear Jesus saying "I am the bread of life", etc.? Has any work been done on this? Thanks.