Egyptian base in Hermeticism
- This is a point on which I tend to dodge the issue.
By the time Hermeticism arose, the intermingling of idea
from so many cultures, thanks to the incense, spice, silk,
and amber trades was enormous. For instance, some scholars
believe that the Tree of Life used in QBL actually
originated in China or India.
There are clear similarities, and it is true that the
Hermetics were more likely than the Gnostics to claim an
Egyptian link. In fact, I do think this plausible due to
its reliance on Coptic symbols and forms.
As to the Gnostics deriving from a Jewish base, I'm sure
this is true for some; but I sincerely doubt that most
Gnostics were very influenced by Judaism or even
Christianity for that matter. Gnosticism seems to be
historically clearly a Hellenistic response to the
Zorastrian and Persian mystical system at its base. The
blending of Greek Mystery Cult and Zorastrian principles
does seem present in almost all of the Gnostic cults for
which we've recovered any substantial data.
IN HOC MODO MILLIS FRANGITVR .