ASCLEPIUS 21-29 (NHC VI, 8)

A Coptic of part of a text extant completely only in a Latin translation. In the text, Trismegistus, acting as mystagogue, is providing esoteric to his pupil Asclepius (Tat 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 expound on human nature and refers to Egypt as “the image of heaven.” The original version was composed in second- or early third-century Egypt.