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Hermetic Literature
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A body of literature associated with the Greek deity Hermes Trismegistos (Ἑρμῆς ὁ Τρισμέγιστος, Hermēs ho Trismegistos, “Thrice great Hermes”). The texts were composed by unknown authors between ad 100–400. These works were never widely authoritative in the early church and church father Augustine calls them “demonic” (City of God 8.23–26; 18.39)
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Corpus Hermeticum
Corpus Hermeticum A body of literature associated with the Greek deity Hermes Trismegistos (Ἑρμῆς ὁ Τρισμέγιστος, Hermēs ho Trismegistos, “Thrice great Hermes”). The texts were composed by unknown authors between ad 100–400. These works were never widely authoritative in the early church and church father
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hermetic Literature
HERMETIC LITERATURE. A collection of writings associated with the name of ‘Hermes Trismegistos’ (‘Thrice-great Hermes’).
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Hermeticism
HERMETICISMHermeticism is closely associated with the Hermetica, or Hermetic literature, preserved in manuscripts of the fourteenth century and later. This literature includes materials that are astrological, magical, philosophical and religious. Scholars think that some of this material may clarify
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Hermetic books
Hermetic books. A collection of Greek and Latin religious and philosophical writings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus (‘Hermes the Thrice-Greatest’), a later designation of the Egyptian God, Thoth, who was believed to be the father and protector of all knowledge. Dating probably from between the middle
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Hermetic Literature
HERMETIC LITERATURE Greek writings composed in Egypt between a.d. 100 and 300 associated with the name “Hermes Trimegistos” (Thrice-great Hermes). The Hermetic literature is a diverse collection. Some of the texts are primarily astrological, magical, or alchemical. Others are primarily religious and
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Hermetic Writings
Hermetic writings. A collection of religious and philosophical tractates, the main body of which is known as the Corpus Hermeticum (or simply Hermetica), probably dating around the 2nd or 3rd cent. A.D. The title of the literature is derived from the name Hermes Trismegistus (Gk. trismegistos, “thrice
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Hermetic Literature
Hermetic Literature. A body of writings associated with Hermes Trismegistos, whom a popular account quoted by Lactantius equates with the fifth Mercury, called Thoth by the Egyptians. Although a man, he was very ancient, and his vast learning earned him the title Trismegistos (thrice great). He wrote
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Hermeticism
HERMETICISM. “Hermetic literature” is a sizeable corpus of writings of the Hellenistic era that were held to be revealed by the god Hermes. This god, who, in the allegories of esp. *Stoic myth, was interpreted as the λόγος (see, e.g., Annaeus Cornutus, Compendium theologiae Graecae, ch. 16, from the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HERMETIC LITERATURE
HERMETIC LITERATURE. A group of quasi-philosophical and religious texts composed in the 1st–3rd cent. ce, which claim to represent the secret teaching of the Egyptian god Thoth, known in Greek as HERMES. The Egyptian practice of designating the superlative with a triple repetition provided Hermes the