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Al-Hasih

Al-Hasih
 
The book was supposedly revealed to “Elchasai” in about 100 AD by a male angel. “Elchasai” had the book in Serae, a Parthian town, and gave it to someone called “Sobiai”. The Elchasaites were the sect of believers in the book. Ibn ‘al-Nadim (d 995 AD) said Elchasai was Al-Hasih, so the word is from Hasid—holy one. The spiritual Adam of the Mandæans is Adam Kasia, the Holy Man. Serae reminds us of Zara, Elchasai is “holy one of God”, and “Sobaia” sounds like a distortion of Sabaean.
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