The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth

The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth is an ancient document, one of three Hermetic texts of the mostly Gnostic Nag Hammadi findings.[1][2][3] It is the 30th tractate in the library at large, the sixth in codex VI.

Insufficient information has survived from the manuscript to reconstruct the original title.[4] Alternative titles include The Eighth Reveals The Ninth (from the text itself), Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth (J.M.Robinson) or The Ogdoad and Ennead. Dated to a period possibly of the second century CE (D.M. Parrott 1988),[5] it is a reasoned assumption that the textual information found written in Coptic had been translated from a Greek original.[5][6][7]

...the entire eighth, my son, and the souls that are in it, and the angels, sing a hymn in silence...[5]

(words used in Codex VI)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ manuscripts [Retrieved 2011-09-25] Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ James M. Robinson, ed., translated James Brashler, Peter A. Dirkse, and Douglas M. Parrott The Nag Hammadi Library from The Gnostic society library: [Retrieved 2011-09-25]
  3. ^ traductions Archived 2011-08-30 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ James McConkey Robinson Google Books The Coptic Gnostic Library: A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi ..., Volume 3 [Retrieved 2011-09-25]
  5. ^ a b c Daniel Merkur (University of Toronto) Stages of Ascension in Hermetic Rebirth. pp. 86–91. Retrieved 2011-12-14. This article cites D.M. Parrott 1988, E.H. Pagels 1979, J.M. Robinson 1988, BP Copenhaver 1992, H. Corbin 1972, A.D. Nock 1933.
  6. ^ Claremont University Consortium Brown, S. Kent,Atiya, Aziz Suryal,1898-1988(editor-in-chief)
  7. ^ Martin P.Nilson The new Conception of the universe in late Greek Paganism -taken from J.M.Robinson retrieved 20:00

Further readingEdit

David M.Scholer p. 214-216 of Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies-Nag Hammadi Bibliography 1995-2006 [Retrieved 2011-09-27]

The writingsEdit Translated by James Brashler, Peter A. Dirkse, and Douglas M. Parrott Selection made from James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library,1990(The Gnosis Archive) [Retrieved 2011-09-27] & (Free ebooks online) [Retrieved 2011-09-27]