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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64 bar Sudaili He affirmed that there will be an end to the
torments (of hell), and that the wicked will not suffer
forever, but will be purified by fire. Thus will mercy
be shewn even to demons, and everything will return into
the Divine nature, as Paul says, it God will be all in all”.
He also wrote a book in support of this opinion, and called
it by the name of Hierotheos, the master of the holy Dio¬
nysios , as if it were by the holy Hierotheos himself; which
many also think”. In a second passage, in the first section of his Ecclesias¬
tical History 1), Bar Ebraia speaks of Stephen, but adds
nothing new, except that he mentions his Scripture-commen¬
taries. His words are: *) „At this time Stephen bar Sudaili
became notorious as a monk in Edessa. He interpreted the
Scriptures according to his own ideas, and affirmed that
there will be an end to the torments of hell, and that sin¬
ners and even demons will be justified; laying down as the
foundation of his teaching that, as Paul says, uGod will
be all in all”. These few words represent in an absolutely exact manner
the teachings of Bar Sudaili as related by Philoxenos, but
the most important point is the categorical assertion, that
Bar Sudaili attempted to palm off his principal work as that
of Hierotheos, the supposed master of Dionysios the Areopa-
gite. Were this statement only the expression of Bar 'Ebraia’s 1) Ed. Abbeloos and Lamy, p.222. 2) enact rdsAtal juftO . r£l\a ,aicM^a .va> *Lcd.io^ va 'laaatsuia . rtimaxA iso pc' rtisaXcuLO . onr Asa la rcbnlrc' Kbcoia »ds 1^ ja . k'ji Klx. aK’n K&osa. . coAtcuftl-ana i^uarcftuL 'pso .«oloa ■vsok'.i