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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69 VIII. THE BOOK OF H1EROTHEOS. As already remarked, this Book pretends to have been writ¬
ten by a certain holy man of the first century, Hierotheos,
a disciple of S. Paul and teacher of Dionysios the Areopa-
gite, to whom also the work is supposed to be addressed.
Legend tells us that he was the first bishop of Athens,
before Dionysios, and that he afterwards went to Spain,
where he remained as bishop. Dionysios says that he was
present with the apostles at the death of the Virgin, and
became noted for his beautiful hymns. To return to our subject: this work is extant only in
Syriac, in connection with an extensive commentary by
Theodosios, patriarch of Antioch at the close of the IX cen¬
tury (8S7—896), in a unique MS. of the British Museum
belonging, in great part, to the XIII century *). This is the
very copy which, after great labor, Bar cEbraia succeeded in
procuring, and from which he composed a compendium of the
work, of which we will soon have occasion to speak1 2). In the MS., after a letter and an introduction by Theo¬ 1) Add. (Rich) 7,189. Cf. the Cat. of Rosen and Forshall, p. 74. 2) Cf. Wright’s remarks, supplementary to the Cat. of R. and F., at
the close of vol. Ill of his Catalogue.