Discourse On The Eighth And Ninth (NHC VI, 6)

(NHC VI, 6)

An initiatory tractate featuring a dialogue between as and his “son” (Tat) as initiate. The tractate lacks a title; the one now in use has been editorially assigned on the basis of content. The “eighth” and the “ninth” refer to the spheres above the planetary cosmos wherein the initiate might approach the transcendent realm, presumably located at the 10th level. Extant only in Coptic, was originally in Greek, and is related to other texts in which the god “thrice-greatest Hermes” reveals to his initiates, such as might have been used in a conventicle. It was certainly in Egypt, possibly as early as the second century.