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

81 X. # THE QUESTION OF THE PRIORITY OF HIEROTHEOS TO DIONYSIOS. This leads tmay already have occurred to the reader. Is it not natural
to suppose that the Book of Hierotheos was produced pre¬
cisely in view of the references to Hierotheos in Pseudo-
Dionystos, and is dependent on the latter, and consequently
of no independent value? Would it not have been quite pos¬
sible that a follower of Dionysios should have fancied to
sustain his master’s position by bringing out a work which
should bear out his relation to Hierotheos ? Were this the case,
the author of a work of this kind would naturally have made
it to correspond with the indications in Dionysios: would in
all likelihood have entitled his work the OeoXoyixcti Srot-
XUcogus or Principles of Theology, and with it would have
incorporated, as a proof of authenticity, the passages quoted
from that book in the Divine Names. He would also have
referred more than once by name to his beloved disciple
Dionysios. Supposing it to be an artificial production of this
kind, would it not also be natural to find it a work entirely
imitative, in the same style of thought as the Dionysian
writings, but lacking their power and originality? Frothmgh&m, Bar Sadaili. 6