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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67 In the same chapter John of Dara quotes, among other
authorities in favor of the eternity of punishment, the letter
of Jacob of Sarug to Stephen. His long extract extends
irom p. 18, 1.16 of the text, to p. 24,1.10, and covers nearly
the same ground as the extract, in Add. 17,193, of which we
have given the various readings under the letter D. These two authorities flourished between two and three
centuries after Bar Sudaili, and it is easy to perceive that
there must have been a continuous tradition among Syrian
church writers on the subject; a tradition which is of the
greatest authority even taken by itself, and if in accord with
the intrinsic evidence would seem to be incontestable. It is
clear, from what precedes, that this work took a very promi¬
nent position, and exercised a strong influence over the dif¬
ferent schools of thought. Having reached this point in my researches on Bar Sudaili,
I made every attempt to discover traces of the Book of Hie-
rotheos. Father P. Halloix wrote a life of Hierotheos for his
collection of lives of Eastern church writers of the first two
centuries *), but in it were used only the fragments quoted * 1. ocb r^.n.nr.&A rdsolox. Av»r^.i isaK'o : (tiusu r£lco (S9 nd.icu»Q ius rdiiicu ^ reisaXcuL AvAs ^iasi^iui^ax. ^ocnk icdmouL Kts>ss . acb rtlatiLiii 1) Illustrium Ecclesiae Orientalis Scriptorum vitas et documenta. Duaci
1633, p. 600—634. The so-called life is made up of quotations from
mediaeval writers. The commemoration in the Menaei of the Greek church
shows what superstitious reverence was accorded to the shadowy per¬
sonality of Hierotheos, known to them only through the medium of
Dionysios.