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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43 For these and like things were accomplished by the cru¬
cifixion and death of Christ, which took place on the sixth
day; who also cried out and said: //All is finished”. This
is what this man calls the evil world. Furthermore, as
Our Lord taught that the consummation was on the sixth
day, because He then fulfilled all things, this man by defin¬
ing it to be on the first day of the week openly teaches
contrary to the word of Our Lord. Our Lord therefore on
the sixth day suffered and died and destroyed the dominion
of suffering and of death; on the seventh day He was in
the grave, and put an end also to the power of corruption,
and visited the souls held captive in Sheol. And on the
first day of the week He rose from the dead, and proved
by His own resurrection that of all mankind, and the begin¬
ning of a new world in which there is no seventh and first
day of the week, as this man says, but it is all first day.
But be (Bar Sudaili) not being able to see these things him¬
self, nor willing to learn them from those who were able,
wrote this book in which he consulted his own vain thoughts
and not the Holy Scriptures, and constructed a new doctrine
full of wickedness and impiety, in an insipid and foolish
language. For although he is not even able to command a
language worthy of writing, still, being desirous of making
a display, he came forward as an inventor of heresies. I
will not, furthermore, omit the following fact, although it
is apparent from his writings. There came unto me trust¬
worthy men who said that on entering his cell they found
written by him op the wall: |//AU nature is consubstantial
with the Divine Essence”; and on account of their strongly
accusing him of blasphemy, and it becoming known to many
monks who murmured at it, he was afraid and removed it
from the wall; but secretly put it into his writings.