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Asclepius
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Also known as The Perfect Discourse. A tractate of Hermetic literature that presents itself as a dialogue between the demigod Asclepius, who is being initiated into the Hermetic mysteries, and the god Hermes Trismegistos, who is conducting the initiation. Like all Hermetic literature, it is not a Christian work, and was never widely authoritative in the early church.The Asclepius tractate was originally written in Greek, and was known as The Perfect Discourse; the whole work does not survive in Greek, but a few quotations are preserved in later writings, including the early 4th century Christian writer Lactantius, who cites it as an example of non-Christian support for certain Christian doctrines (Institutes 4.6, 6.25). A version of the whole work survives in Latin, and the Nag Hammadi Codices contain a Coptic translation of sections 21–29 (NHC VI,8). The Coptic translation is relatively close to the original Greek, while the Latin version paraphrases and expands significantly upon the Greek text.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Asclepius, Text
Asclepius, Text Also known as The Perfect Discourse. A tractate of Hermetic literature that presents itself as a dialogue between the demigod Asclepius, who is being initiated into the Hermetic mysteries, and the god Hermes Trismegistos, who is conducting the initiation. Like all Hermetic literature,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Asclepius
ASCLEPIUS (NHC VI,8). The title assigned to the 8th tractate in codex VI of the collection of 4th-century Nag Hammadi Coptic manuscripts. The text, which extends from line 15 of p. 65 to line 43 of p. 78 of codex VI, has suffered considerable damage to the first half-dozen lines or so of each page beginning
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Asclepius
ASCLEPIUS. *African bishop in 480. According to *Gennadius (De vir. ill. 74 [73]), he was bishop in territorio Baiensi (in *Numidia?)—according to other codices Gabaensi, Vagensi. He wrote against *Arians and *Donatists and achieved great fame as an extempore preacher. Died mid-5th c.P. Monceaux, Histoire