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

37 before the consummation one thing, and the consummation
itself another; we would ask, from what Holy Book, or prophet,
or apostle, or teacher, has he received this doctrine of a
division into three orders? For he understands, as he says,
by the sixth day motion, having taken the term motion from*
the monk Evagriusx); by the Sabbath, that Christ will be all
and in all men; and by the first day, that God will be all in all.
He furthermore shows that it is less for man to be united
to Christ than to be in God. He imagined, then, that he could
confirm these three (stages) by the words which Our Lord
spoke to the Pharisees, which it is certain were not a figure,
an allegory, a parable, or a mystery, but the narration of
an action imagined by the Pharisees, as is shown by reading
them. “The same day there came certain of the Pharisees,
saying unto him, Get thee out and depart hence, for Herod
desireth to kill thee. And He said unto them, Go ye, and
tell that fox, Behold I cast out devils and I perform cures today
and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
Nevertheless I must work *) today and tomorrow, and on
the day following I will go (hence) *), for it cannot be tha*
a Prophet perish out of Jerusalem” 4). Now if, according
to his researches, today, the sixth day, be an allegory of
this world, and tomorrow, the Sabbath, a type of rest, and
the third day, the first of the week, a symbol of the con¬
summation; what then comes after the consummation? Is
Our Lord again to be crucified? but by whom? for accord¬
ing to his doctrine even the Jews will have become of one
nature with God. Now it is thus written, that Our Lord said, after //today 1) Kfvyin the Curetonian Gospels. 3) The Curetonian version reads K'sW UifiQ i&iact* 4) Luke Xm, 31-33.