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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80 of the kabbalistic and gnostic systems and perhaps even of
the early Ghaldaean cosmogony: but they are marshalled
into a perfectly symmetrical and harmonious whole, in sub¬
ordination to the ideal peculiar to Hierotheos himself. With
him there is never any attempt at discussion. His theories
are successively unfolded as absolute and undeniable cer¬
tainties , as revelations, as things which he has known
and seen. On the other hand, although Pseudo-Dionysios shows much
of the same spirit in his Mystical Theology and Divine Names,
yet even here there appears the logical element so conspic¬
uous in his writings , which classifies him in a different
branch of the mystical school from that of Pseudo-Hierotheos,
as well as in far closer connection with the Neo-Platonisls.
We might say, that the one has a considerable affinity with
the West-Syrian school of Antioch, and that the other belongs
to the East-Syrian school of Edessa: for these represented,
the former, the intellectual and logical side of the Syrian
development, and the latter, its sentimental, symbolical and
analogical side.