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The tradition of Hermes Trismegistus : the Egyptian priestly figure as a teacher of Hellenized wisdom

Author: Christian H Bull
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 186.
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In the tradition of Hermes Trismegistus, Christian H. Bull argues that the treatises attributed to Hermes Trismegistus reflect the spiritual exercises and ritual practices of loosely organized brotherhoods in Egypt. These small groups were directed by Egyptian priests educated in the traditional lore of the temples, but also conversant with Greek philosophy. Such priests, who were increasingly dispossessed with the  Read more...
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Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018
(DLC) 2018024407
Named Person: Hermes, Trismegistus.; Hermes, Trismegistus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian H Bull
ISBN: 9789004370814 9004370811
OCLC Number: 1028823821
Description: xvi, 532 pages : illustration (some color) ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Part 1: Who is Hermes Trismegistus --
2. The myth of Hermes Trismegistus --
3. The primordial Egyptian Kings in the Hermetica --
Part 2: What is the way of Hermes? --
4. Introduction to the way of Hermes --
5. The ritual of rebirth --
6. Heavenly ascent: The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth (NHC VI,6) --
Part 3: Who were the Hermetists? --
Situating the way of Hermes --
7. The true philosophy of Hermes --
8. The magician and the temple --
9. The Egyptian priesthoods and Temples.
Series Title: Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 186.
Responsibility: by Christian H. Bull.

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In the tradition of Hermes Trismegistus, Christian H. Bull argues that the treatises attributed to Hermes Trismegistus reflect the spiritual exercises and ritual practices of loosely organized brotherhoods in Egypt. These small groups were directed by Egyptian priests educated in the traditional lore of the temples, but also conversant with Greek philosophy. Such priests, who were increasingly dispossessed with the gradual demise of the Egyptian temples, could find eager adherents among a Greek-speaking audience seeking for the wisdom of the Egyptian Hermes, who was widely considered to be an important source for the philosophies of Pythagoras and Plato. The volume contains a comprehensive analysis of the myths of Hermes Trismegistus, a reevaluation of the Way of Hermes, and a contextualization of this ritual tradition.

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