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[things ]... Holy [is] the God and Father of all [things]) ù e bulè telèitai apò ton idìon dunàmeon...(his will is done [is accomplished] by his powers... his will is done [accomplished] by his powers) Finally, § 32 defines the relationship between God and man, and clarifies the final purpose of this revelation to mankind: kai tes kàritos tàutes photìso tùs en àgnoia tù ghènus, mù adelphùs, uiùs dè sù... (and of grace this [I] will enlighten men of ignorance, my brothers, sons of you... and of this grace [I] will enlighten men of ignorance, my brothers, your sons). Tradition and John the Evangelist It is important to note that the Fathers of the Church have repeatedly made reference to the contents of the Hermetic doctrine (from St. Augustine to Lactantius, Eusebius St. Cyril) in order to defend Christianity from possible contaminations. This determines the large diffusion of the Hellenistic culture and how much it satisfied the needs of that historical period when people were living in the areas under the Roman Empire. Scholars consider John, the author of the fourth Gospel, a theologian, a mystic, besides of course being one of Jesus' disciples. John is among the followers of the very beginning, the “beloved disciple”. Around the year 50 AD, at the Apostolic Council of Jerusalem, Paul defines him as a “Church pillar”. After having preached the Gospel message far and wide, John settled in Ephesus in Asia Minor, where he died at the end of the first century. This Gospel has therefore been written by a mystic during the final draft of the Corpus Hermeticum. The contemporary nature between the two compositions can perhaps explain some more concrete connections with regard to both the theological-mystery establishment as well as the literal writing. But even if we don't want to necessarily find clear links, we cannot help wondering about the different influences impacting the two pieces of writing. 170

Indeed, the doctrines contained in the Corpus Hermeticum were developed in the centuries preceding the advent of Jesus Christ and so are prior to any possible elaboration made by the mystic writer of the Fourth Gospel, whoever he was. It should be noted that the story of Christ for John is the beginning of a new era, the advent of an age when the divine word was revealed to men. Jesus, who defines himself as “the good shepherd of men” says: “I am the life, light, truth.” In this Gospel, the narrated historical events are chosen on the basis of their specific value as “signs”, their symbolic and revealing meaning of the hereafter through a profound theological reflection. It is often a difficult language, intelligible not by anyone, a language that uses philosophical categories and cultural patterns typical of the educated classes of the period, those social classes able to grasp the hermetic and esoteric messages. It was these teachings and instructions that built up the deep religious syncretism we talked about earlier. 30 Let's have a look at some passages of the Fourth Gospel that show those coincidences that appear “weird” in a book that should be “inspired by God Himself”... We have chosen to refer to the Greek text in order to get also the literal correspondences between this texts and the aforementioned Poimandres: This symmetry will help the reader catch the meaning of what we are going to discuss later. In the Prologue of the Gospel (Chapter 1) we read: 31 Enarkè en ò lògos, kai ò lògos en pròs tòn theòn kai theòs en ò lògos... (In the beginning was the logos [Word], and the logos [Word] was with God, and God wasthe logos [Word]...) panta di'autù eghèneto...(All things came into being through him ...) en autò zoè en kai e zoè en tò phòs ton anthròpon...(in him was life, and the life was the light of all people...) etheasàmetha tèn dòxan autù, doxanos monoghenoùs parà patròs... (we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son) 171

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