Many Christian writers, including Augustine and Giordano Bruno, considered Hermes Trismegistus
a wise pagan prophet who foresaw the coming of Christianity.
In a revision of his 2014 dissertations for a PhD in religions at the Universit of Bergen, Bull examines treatises in Greek attributed to the god or divine sage Hermes Trismegistus
. He argues that the treatises reflect the spiritual exercises and ritual practices of loosely organized brotherhoods in Egypt, which were directed by Egyptian priests educated in the traditional lore of the temples, but also conversant with Greek philosophy.
But he also speaks to the Spermatic Logos, from Hermes Trismegistus
, thought of as the Seminal Word in the Gnostic canon.
For Lactantius, the teachings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus
represented a prefiguring of many aspects of Christianity, and as such they could be used in the effort to convert educated pagans.
When the Greeks learned that the Egyptians had a god Thoth, or Tehuti, who specialized in wisdom and learning, they named him Hermes Trismegistus
, or "thrice greatest Hermes." Supposedly Hermes Trismegistus
was the scribe of the gods who authored the sacred hermetic works that described the material world as well as the quest for spiritual perfection.
For Casaubon, much of his interest in Hebrew writing and Jewish thought was related to his own, internal Christian polemics--especially his criticism of Hermes Trismegistus
and his attack on Pietro Galatino.
Van den Kerchove, a specialist in Coptic and Late Antique religions, has written a trenchant account of the rituals and healing practices associated with the god Hermes Trismegistus
in Late Antique Egypt.
The book contained diagrams and tracts about 'resurrection stones', strange configurations of the Tarot, Hiramic magic, Thoth Hermes Trismegistus
, and other obscure occult matters.
"The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus
: From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World" discusses this figure of ancient Alexandria who is an icon of ancient science and philosophy, as the two were closely related in ancient times.
and the forgery of the writings of Hermes Trismegistus
Curran gives more particular attention to the Corpus Hermeticum, works of the first to third centuries that were presented as Greek translations of the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus
, and to the Hieroglyphica, probably the work of the later fifth-century Alexandrian Horapollo the Younger, as well as to Macrobius's Saturnalia of the beginning of the fifth century.
The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus
: Hermeticism from Ancient to Modern Times.