The Haran Gawaita and the Baptism of Hibil Ziwa by E. S Drower. The Haran Gawaita or Inner Haran is a Mandaean text which tells the history of the Mandaeans and their arrival in Iraq as Nasoreans from Jerusalem. According to the Haran Gawaita, John the Baptist was baptized, initiated, and educated by the patron of the doctrine of Nasirutha (“secret knowledge”), Anuš-ʼuthra, the hierophant of the sect. According to Drower, the Mandaeans were one of the earliest key Gnostic sects. Many of the original Nasoraeans became Christians and in Modern Israeli Hebrew the term Notzrim has come to simply mean Christians.
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