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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66 entitled rt'.^.aW K*isor<-ao ('d^x-irc' ^ \^i rof great interest and learning: in it he devotes a chapter
(1. IV, c. 21) to supporting the eternity of Paradise and
Hell1). The opening sentence is worth quoting: uDiodoros of
Tarsos in the book which he wrote on the (Economy, and
Theodore his disciple and the master of Nestorios, say in
many places that there is an end to condemnation. The same
course is also taken by the work called the Book of Hiero-
theos, which is in reality not by him but was skilfully writ¬
ten by another in his name, that is by Stephen bar
Sudaili. Gregory of Nyssa also, in his book
and in that to his sister Makrina, and in other compositions,
teaches the dogma of apokatastasis, that is, the return into
the first principle, and says that there will be an end to
future torments. However, all the doctors of the church, Greeks
as well as Syrians, with the sole exception of this saint, say
unanimously that there will be no end to the torments ofhellv).>>