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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45 They related before me that to a certain Jew, who was
by the sepulchre of the Patriarchs, of the house of Abraham,
he said this word, coming up and sitting by him: //Fear
not, neither be concerned that thou art called crucifier, for
thy lot is with Abrahaminstead of saying n thy por¬
tion”. Concerning various other blasphemies which he raved
and uttered, other men, who disputed with him on this
subject and were with him for a long time, but are now in
the province of Antioch, have spoken to us', but on ac¬
count of the extreme shamefulness of these blasphemies it
has seemed to me not suitable that they should be stated
in this letter. If therefore he has either written unto you, as I have
learned, or has sent unto you his blasphemous books, be
careful lest they fall into any person’s hands and especially into
those of nuns dwelling within church-precincts, lest they be
led astray through the simplicity and weakness natural to
women. For the wise must all, as is written, //take up
Ihe stumbling-block out of the way”1), lest he receive many
wounds and become the companion of many others who
stumble and fall *). Write also to him, if it seem proper to you, that he cease
from his blasphemies on an ineffable, pure, incomprehensible
and holy doctrine. Concerning which I do not know that he
has yet a single disciple, for, of the many arguments which
he has collected from the Scriptures, when he applies them,
he does not discover the (real) force, but he imagines that
they support his . view. I remember that I once wrote to him a letter by means
of one of his disciples, Abraham by name; a copy of which
also I now send unto you. At that time I did not well know 1 21) Isaiah I/VTI, 14. 2) Cf. Isaiah VIII, 15.