Mandaean Book of John

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Das Johannesbuch der Mandäer
Original titleDas Johannesbuch der Mandäer
TranslatorMark Lidzbarski
CountryIraq, Germany
LanguageMandaic (German translation)
Publication date
Media typePrint

The Mandaean Book of John (Mandaic language Drāšā D-Yaḥyā; Hebrew script-Aramaic Modern Mandaic: דרשא דיחיא‎) is a Mandaean holy book in Mandaic Aramaic which is believed by Mandeans to have been written by their chief prophet John the Baptist.

The book contains accounts of John's life and miracles, as well as a number of polemical conversations with Jesus and tractates mimicking Jesus's deeds in Jerusalem.[1] Chapter seven of the Mandaean Book of John contains traditions attributed to John the Baptist.

A German translation Das Johannesbuch der Mandäer translated by Lidzbarski appeared in 1905.



  • Jacobsen Buckley, Jorunn (2002), The Mandaeans: ancient texts and modern people, Oxford University Press, p. 31, ISBN 978-0-19-515385-9

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