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1. The thirty-fourth question is that which you ask thus: Does this world become quite without men 4, so that there is no bodily existence in it whatever,

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and then shall they produce the resurrection, or how is it?

2. The reply is this, that this world, continuously from its immaturity even unto its pure renovation, has never been, and also will not be, without men; and in the evil spirit, the worthless (asapîr), no stirring desire of this arises. 3. And near to the time of the renovation the bodily existences desist from eating, and live without food (pavan akhûrisnîh) 1; and the offspring who are born from them are those of an immortal, for they possess durable and blood-exhausted (khûn-girâî) bodies. 4. Such are they who are the bodily-existing men that are in the world when there are men, passed away, who rise again and live again.


76:4 Reading avîk (or avih) anshûtâ, but it may possibly be avî-i anshûtâ, 'without a single man.'

77:1 Bd. XXX, 3 states that men first abstain from meat, afterwards from vegetables and milk, and, finally, from water.

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