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go I Dialogue 43Hence the paradox that the "Poor" are the rich, Epist. to Diognetus, v; Manichaean Psalm-book, II, 157. See below, note 45. 44Treasures now "prepared" and awaiting the righteous on the other side, Mark x-.^o; Gospel of Truth, fol. XXIv, 11-17, can onty be claimed by meeting certain stipulations, Gospel of Philip, io8:iff. All treasures are held in trust, "dedicated," I Chron. xxvi:2o; Pseudo-Philo, xxxix:3, and will be handed over when the time comes, / Enoch, lira. The righteous "without fear leave this world," because they have with God "a store of works preserved in treasuries," // Baruch, xiv:i2; xxiv:i. Whatever part of the Treasure we enjoy on earth is not ours but has only been entrusted to our keeping, The 1012 Questions, I, i; inf.; i22f. On the "treasury of good works" as "an old Oriental doctrine," K. Ahrens, in ZMDG, 84 (1930), 163. "One's good works are his deposits," says Ignatius, Epist. ad Polycarp., vi. The Christian (Manichaean) and Chinese versions are compared by A. Adam, in J. Leipoldt, Religionsgeschichte des Orients, 109; for the Iranian version, D. Winston, in History of Religions, 5 (1966), 194^, who also mentions concealing the treasure under God's throne, 212, to which parallels are supplied by // Baruch, Iiv:i3, Ginza, 281; the Shabako Stone, line 61, and the Ark of the Covenant "under the feet of the statue of God," W. H. Irwin, in Revue Biblique, yz (1965), 164. This is the theme of The Pearl. 45Matt. xxv:i4-29. Dives is welcome to his treasures on earth, but cannot claim treasures in heaven, Luke xvi:20-5, Matt. xix:2i, 24; vi:i9f.; Mark x:25; Luke xviii:25; xii:33f. II Baruch, xliv:i3-i5; Secrets of Enoch, 1:5; Gospel of Thomas, 88:34^; 8g:iff.; Acts of Thomas 146; The 1012 Questions, II, iv, 159 (245). It is a Jewish, Christian, and Mandaean tradition that earthly prayers are laid up in God's treasure-house, Lidzbarski, Mand. Johannesbuch, 10, n.2; Mand. Prayerbook, No. 379 (293). If a righteous one strays "his treasure will be taken from him," Alma Rishaia Zuta, i, in E. Drower, Nasoraean Commentaries, ^; Berlin Manch. Hs., I, 73. i6Apocalypsis Pauli, 19 (text in Orientalia, ii , 22)- Cf. // Baruch, lii:7; The 1012 Questions, vib, 379 (Drower, 279). 47IQS, iv:i6-i8. This is an "Abbild" of the cosmic struggle, J. Schreiner, in Biblische Zeitschr., NF 9 (1965), 180; J. M. Allegro, in Jnl. of Semit. Stud., 9 (1964), 291-94. 48For the erasing of the memory, see below, note 60. The "Law of Liberty" (khoq kherut) of IQS, x:6, 11, is "the Ancient Law of Liberty" of Clementine Recognitions, ii: 23-25; iii:26, 59; iv:24, 34; x:2; cf. Minucius Felix, Octav., xxvii; Cyril of Jerusalem, Catehesis iv:i9f, (in Migne, P.G., xxiii:48i). Having such freedom, the wicked have deliberately rejected God's plan, IQS, iv 125-26. Though the evil spirits are fiercely opposed to this liberty (Clementine Recognitions, i:42) the "testing of election for every single individual" goes on without coercion in "truth, righteousness, humility, judgment," etc., while the self-willed are free "to go the way of their own heart . . . according to the plan of his own devising . . ." IQS, V.J-J, the spirit being "immortal, rational and independent," Const. Apostol., vi:n; Tatian, Adv. Graecos, vii. The present test was appointed from the beginning, IQM, xiii :14ft. "This is the condition of the contest which every man who is born on the earth must wage: if he be overcome, he shall suffer ... if he be victorious, he shall receive what I said ..." 4 Ezra, vii 1127, cf. IQH, xiv.zj. It is "a testing-time in the common light," Sibylline Oracles, frg. 115, 18, 25-27. See further J. B. Bauer, in Theolog. Zeitschr., 20 (1964), 2-3. 49A. Adam, "Die Psalmen des Thomas u. das Perlenleid," Beiheft 24 of ZNTW, 1959, 49-54-The Syriac text is given by G. Hoffman, in ZNTW, 4 (1903), 273-83, bearing the title, "Song of Judas Thomas the Apostle in the Land of India." Thomas' situation in India resembles that of the hero in the Land of Egypt. The pearl itself comes from the other world and is that part of the heavenly knowledge which is to be found here, Mand. Prayerbook, No. 252, 2o8f.; when it is taken away the world collapses, Ginza, 517; it is "the pure pearl which was transported from the treasuries of Life, Mand. Prayerbook No. 69. The robe of glory, left behind with the Treasure, is to be regained with it, Bartholomew, "Book of the Resurrection of Christ," Fol. 18b (in E. A. W. Budge, Coptic Apocrypha, 208); Pistis Sophia, 6 (9L). 50J. Leipoldt, Religionsgeschichte des Orients, 86; Abp. Timothy on Abbaton, Fol. 20b. The joyful homecoming is a conspicuous Egyptian theme from the beginning: There is rejoicing among the Great Ones for one of their own has returned, Pyramid Texts, No. 606 (1696); 217 (160); 222 (201); 212, 213, etc. Coffin Texts (de Buck), II, Spells 31, 132. The theme is discussed by H. Brunner, in Aegypt. Zeitschr., 80 (1955)/ 6; cf. Pindar, Olymp., viii:i3. The righteous are homesick, / Enoch, xiv:4; xlihiff.; Manichaean Psalm-book, II, 197-200, 87. Going to heaven is a return, 4 Ezra, vii: 78; John xvii:5f.; iii 17-13; Rev. v:i2. The saints desire "to be received back again" into "the first Church (that) . . . existed from the beginning," before the creation, // Clem. Epist., xiv; Clementine Recognitions, 111:26; Test. Dom. nostri J. Christi, xxviii (61); Timothy on Abbaton, Fol. 20b; 12a; Gospel of Philip, 115:18. The saints find the Kingdom because they came from there, Gospel of Thomas, 89:27; Pastor Hermae, III (Simil. i, the Pearl