Didymus the Blind - Contra Manichaeos
- In Bart Ehrman's 1986 dissertation, "Didymus the Blind and the Text of the Gospels," he explains in a preface his reasons for using only the Toura Commentaries as the basis for his analysis of Didymus' Gospels-text. The authorship of "De Trinitate" is disputed, and "Contra Manichaeos," he states, "is extant only in a late sixteenth-century MS, and no critical edition exists."
But, apparently, there is one: Byard John Bennett's 1997 doctoral thesis, "The Origin of Evil: Didymus the Blind's Contra Manichaeos and its Debt to Origen's Theology and Exegesis" (University of St. Michael's College, Tononto School of Theology) includes a critical text and English translation of Didymus' "Contra Manichaeos."
Probably, then, whatever evidence can be drawn from "Contra Manichaeos" should be included in future studies of Didymus' Gospels-text.
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.