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Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth
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A noncanonical text discovered near Nag Hammadi that claims to record the effort of an initiate and his mystagogue to ascend to the eighth or ninth planetary spheres. The text represents gnostic or Middle Platonic (and possibly Hermetic) religion. This work was never widely authoritative during the early church period.
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Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth
Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth A noncanonical text discovered near Nag Hammadi that claims to record the effort of an initiate and his mystagogue to ascend to the eighth or ninth planetary spheres. The text represents gnostic or Middle Platonic (and possibly Hermetic) religion. This work was never
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth
DISCOURSE ON THE EIGHTH AND NINTH (NHC VI,6). A previously unknown Hermetic tractate in the Coptic language, and one of three Hermetic texts preserved in the Nag Hammadi Library. As part of Codex VI, it is written in the Sahidic dialect but with traces of Subachmimic and Achmimic influence: Its official
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Ogdoad
OGDOAD. The number eight plays an important part in Gnostic speculations; but it is necessary to distinguish three different forms in which it has entered in different stages of the development of Gnosticism.Ogdoad 7 + 1. We need not hesitate to place as earliest that which has been described in the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth
Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth. Modern title given to a Hermetic dialogue in which the teacher (Hermes Trismegistus) guides his pupil into a spiritual experience of the eighth and ninth spheres surrounding the earth. This tractate is preserved only in a 4th-cent. Coptic ms in the Nag Hammadi Library
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DISCOURSE ON THE EIGHTH AND NINTH
DISCOURSE ON THE EIGHTH AND NINTH. The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth, a Hermetic tractate found in the Nag Hammadi Texts (Codex VI, 6:52, 1–63, 32), takes its name from its subject matter, a description of the mystical ascent of a teacher (Hermes, also named Trismegistus) and an unnamed student.