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

51 Bar Suilaili, assign three periods to rational existence: the
present; that when all existence is united in Christ; and
the (Inal absorption or dnoxajaaxaais; the only difference
being that with Theodore this was final, whereas with Ori-
gen this process was continually repeated. The same doctrine
was taught by Gregory of Nyssa on the one hand and Dio-
doros of Tarsos on the other. The Book of Hierotheos takes precisely the same stand¬
point. In it, the emanation from the Good comprehends all
the grades of nature down to the lowest, including also the
fallen evil spiritsx). The redemption of the hell-sphere and
of Satan is taught in detail: we even see, from the commen¬
tary of Theodosios, that this point in the Book of Hierotheos
had excited much comment and reprobation among theolo¬
gians *), and that it was considered by them, as by Philox- 1) See p. 110. 2) Comm, on Book IV, oh. 17, which is entitled laaxxso t^misAs rc'ia K'.XKIjA »Now many among the mystical
divines of the church of God have considered that Hierotheos when he
wrote this chapter >on the repentance of those below1 11 meant the repent*