Dec 21, 2010

The Sabaean Mandeans of Iraq

I'm glad that the plight of Christians in Iraq is starting to attract main stream media attention, but there is another persecuted group you may not hear about. The Mandeans predate Christianity, do not believe in Christ, and are believed to have been followers of John the Baptist. Accepting no converts, their numbers have always been small. Apparently, they migrated to the swamps south of current Baghdad after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Their writings are in Aramaic, the language of the Bible in the time of Jesus. Their rules and ethics are similar to Jewish tradition. Baptism is their central ritual; they call the water Jordan.

1 comment:

gary ledebur said...

MM: thanks for the interesting information from the Holy Land. Is not it a shame the we call it the "holy land" when evil, persecution, terror and violence seems to dominate life there.

By the way, you should be sleeping at 3:45 am.