Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos

Frothingham F. Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos. -1886

9 historians, such as Neander1), Gfrorer *), Dorner *), etc.,
have, on the strength of this, assigned to Bar Sudaili an
important position, as illustrating the mystical side of Monophy-
sitism and the influence of the Origenistic revival. His pan¬
theism , which is fully recognized by them, can now be made
to appear in a still clearer light by the publication of the
texts themselves. The letter of Philoxenos bishop of Hiera-
polis is written in an exquisitely pure Syriac, and will be
all the more welcome that the writings of this purest of
Syriac writers, though very extensive, have been entirely
neglected and remain inedited. The letter of Jacob of Sarug,
though it does not furnish many additional data, and does not
show much theological acuteness, is a good specimen of his
flowery diction and persuasive language. 1 2 31) General History of the Christian Religion and Church, v. II, p. 555—557. 2) Allgemeine Kirchengeschichte, 1840, T. II, p. 902. 3) Doctrine of the Person of Christ, div. II, vol. I, p. 132.