Thursday, February 27, 2020

Review of Bull, The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus

BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW Christian H. Bull, The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus: The Egyptian Priestly Figure as a Teacher of Hellenized Wisdom. Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, 186. Leiden: Brill, 2018. Pp. xvi, 532. ISBN 9789004370814. €164,00. Reviewed by Korshi Dosoo, Würzburg​ (
Bull’s work represents an accessible yet profound and thoughtful introduction and handbook to the Hermetica, providing both a fair and thorough summary of previous work and a lucid approach to understanding them, and it is likely to become an invaluable reference work and source of further ideas in years to come.
I noted the publication of the book here.

The Hermetic tradition is of interest for ancient Judaism in a number of ways. Notably, the Poimandres, the opening tractate in the philosophical Hermetic corpus, was written by someone who had been reading the Greek translation of the Book of Genesis.

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