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

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39 aod tomorrow and the third day I shall be perfected”, //be¬
cause it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem”:
it is therefore evident that He means, by the consummation,
that He should be crucified, and that this should take place
in Jerusalem, where also all the prophets had been killed,
and likewise He also was to be crucified there. He said that
He would be perfected through the cross, in order to fulfil
what is said: //By the cross which consummates” *); and
this other: //The hour is come that the Son of Man should
be glorified” *), and also: „When ye have lifted up the Son
of Man, then shall ye know that I do nothing of myself” *).
Now the Pharisees, burning with envy because they saw
that Our Lord taught and performed miracles and was glo¬
rified of all men, wished to expel him from among them
unto some other place, that they should not be thus vexed.
But, as praise from all men was given to him, they thought
to intimidate and terrify him, and said: «Get thee out and
depart hence, for Herod desireth to kill thee”. But He said
unto them that except He were willing He would not die,
and that neither Herod nor they would be able to kill him
except at the time He chose. Therefore, when He derides
Herod and calls him fox, He indicates that he is but con¬
temptible and despicable, and unable to kill Him before the
time at which He has determined to die: //Go ye and tell
that fox, Behold I cast out devils and perform cures today and
tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected”. He hereby
indicates the three years which He passed among the Jews,
from His baptism to His crucifixion, in which He also teaches
that He worked miracles; for in the thirty years which preceded 1 2 31) There seems to he no such expression in Scripture. 2) John XII, 23. 3) From John VIII, 28.