21-29 (NHC VI, 8)

A Coptic of part of a Hermetic text extant completely only in a Latin translation. In the text, Hermes Trismegistus, acting as mystagogue, is providing esoteric to his pupil Asclepius ( and Ammon are two others mentioned in the text). The original version was called “The Perfect Teaching”; two fragments are extant. The Coptic excerpt, for which no title is given, has Hermes expound on human nature and refers to Egypt as “the of heaven.” The original version was composed in second- or early third-century Egypt.