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

83 of the holy disciple of Hierotheus" x). In this passage Dorner
recognizes the true relation between the two writers, and
this position of his is now amply confirmed. Gfrorer also in
his Church History draws similar conclusions in his remarks
on the Pseudo-Dionysian writings. Who was Pseudo-Diony-
sios? In his opinion a follower of Proklos, and by birth a
Syrian. This latter position he attempts to prove by the
relations between Dionysios and Hierotheos. Taking then for granted the priority of Hierotheos, is it
not singular that Dionysios should not have mentioned this
most important work of his master? As we have already
explained, this silence was necessary to the preservation of
the secret character of the book. A comparison of dates does not throw any difficulties in
the way of the priority of Hierotheos. Bar Sudaili we know
to have flourished during the last decade of the fifth cen¬
tury and the beginning of the sixth, while the first signs
of the appearance of the Pseudo-Dionysian writings occur
probably during the second decade of the sixth century at
the earliest, the first certain date being that of the Council
of 532—33. That they were already known before this date
of 532 seems certain, and Sergios’ Syriac version was pro¬
bably slightly anterior. 11) Dorner, J. A., History of development of the doctrine of the Person
of Christ. Edinb. 1861. D. II. v. I. p. 422—28.