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

65 personal opinion, one could but feel considerable hesitation
in accepting the conclusions of a writer who lived more than
seven centuries after the one whom he criticises; and until
now the assertion has been supposed to rest' entirely with
him 1). The case assumes a different aspect when, in another
of his writings, Bar ‘Ebraia quotes in support of his view
a writer of the VIII century , Kyriakos Patriarch of Anti¬
och (793—817). This passage occurs in the Nomocanon or
rfiicwio rdsoia A\*sa r£.iCkccn «The Book of Directions concerning ecclesiastical Canons and
civil laws". In ch. VII, sect. 9 *), in which he enumerates
the canonical and apocryphal Scriptures, etc., after speaking
of apocryphal revelations of the apostles John, Paul, Peter, etc.,
he gives a sentence of Kyriakos on the book of Hierotheos
in these terms: ■ailti got «soxuieta is I<\(^ am cnA..i cA . a>orc'^i»rC'.i . tcoa&uK’ rdnA^lcn peiii're' u The patriarch Kyriakos
[says): The book entitled (that) of Hierotheos is not by him
but probably by the heretic Stephen Bar Sudaili". Bar ‘Ebraia might have quoted another writer, who also
lived in the VIII and IX centuries, John bishop of Dara,
whose testimony is of the greater value in that he was a
noted mystic. and a student of the writings of preceding
mystics, especially those of Pseudo-Dionysios- Beside his
book on the Celestial and Ecclesiastical Hierarchies, already
mentioned, he wrote an important work on the soul *)
and another on the resurrection of the body1 2 * 4). The latter, 1) This is the opinion of Neander, Domer, and all who have treated
the subject. 2) Cod. Syr. Vat. CXXXII, f. 82: cf. Assemani B. 0., T. II, p. 302, and Catal. T. Ill, p. 199. 3) Assem. B. 0., T. II, pp 219, 505. 4) Cod. Syr. Vat. C. Cf. Assem. Cat. T. II, p. 530. Frothingham, Bar Sudaili. 5