Asclepius: The Perfect Discourse of Hermes Trismegistus by Clement Salaman

Asclepius: The Perfect Discourse of Hermes Trismegistus by Clement Salaman

By Clement Salaman

"The Asclepius" is one in every of philosophical books ascribed to the mythical sage of old Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, who was once believed in classical and renaissance instances to have lived almost immediately after Moses. The Greek unique, misplaced considering classical instances, is assumed so far from the second or third century advert. even if, a Latin model survived, of which this quantity is a translation. Like its spouse, the "Corpus Hermeticum" (also released by way of Duckworth as "The manner of Hermes"), the "Asclepius" describes the main profound philosophical questions within the type of a talk approximately secrets and techniques: the character of the only, the position of the gods, and the stature of the man or woman. not just does this paintings provide religious tips, however it can also be a beneficial perception into the minds and feelings of the Egyptians in historical and classical instances. a few of the perspectives expressed additionally mirror Gnostic ideals which handed into early Christianity.

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Corpus Hermeticum, 1,15. 41. Nag Hammadi Library, p. 105. 42. Ross, Gospel of Thomas, 3. 43. Corpus Hermeticum, 5, 11. 44. Asclepius, 16. 45. Valentinus, Letter quoted in Joseph P. Macchio, Orthodox Suppression of Original Christianity, p. 164. com/Church/ Conspiracy/ 49 Asclepius 46. St Augustine, Confessions, 6,4. 47. St Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, II, 6,7-8. 48. St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologia, 1,9-10. html. 49. Asclepius, 32 50. For this information I am indebted to Dr Joseph Milne.

4). Almost as great a tribute to his sacred authority are the series of pictures which Pinturicchio was commissioned to paint of Hermes and which now decorate the inner papal apartments in the Vatican. One of these features the goddess Isis apparently instructing Moses on one side of her and Hermes on the other (Fig. 5). 41 Asclepius In the second half of the sixteenth century scholars began to doubt the antiquity of the Hermetic texts and finally Isaac Casaubon, in 1614, convinced most scholars that the texts and content of the Corpus and Asclepius dated from the Christian era.

God is above all opposites and unites in himself statements that are incompatible in the finite world. This Hermetic principle became the central theme of Cusa’s thought. All affirmation about God, such as being and non-being, encompassing all beings, and being contained in all beings is merely partial. It has to be completed by the contrary affirmation, because God unites in Himself that which is incompatible in the finite. 63 Hermes and Dionysius will be recognised at once in the formulation of this paradox.

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