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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75 fluously; and moreover show ourselves unjust towards a teacher
and friend by whom, after S. Paul, we were instructed, by
plagiarizing his most excellent doctrine and expositions. But
since he, in reality explaining divine things in a way suited
to mature minds., enounced unto us certain'synoptic state¬
ments, which in one included many, he as it were encouraged
me and others, who like myself are teachers of newly-initi¬
ated souls, to unfold and interpret, in a language suited to
us, the synoptic and universal meditations of the spiritual
power of so great a man. Thou *) hast often thyself urged
me to do so, and didst return to me his book as being too
sublime. Therefore do we assign this teacher of perfect and
mature intelligences unto those who are above the crowd,
as second Scriptures, analogous to those divinely inspired.
We however will transmit divine things to those like us in a
manner suited to us. For, if solid food is for the perfect,
what supreme perfection must it be to furnish such to others?
Therefore have we truly said that the direct vision of spiritual
truths and their synoptic teaching require a mature power,
but that the acquaintance with and understanding of the
truths leading up to them is suited to the inferior conse-
crators and priests. However, this has been most carefully
observed by us, never to take in hand the things which this
divine teacher has explained with sufficient clearness, lest
we fall into tautology by giving the same explanation of a
passage which he has already cited. For among our divinely-
inspired hierarchs (when we, as thou knowest, together with
him and many of our holy brothers had come together for
the contemplation of the life-giving and God-receiving body,
when James the brother of God, and Peter the supreme and 11) Timothy, to whom the Divine Names is addressed.