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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84 XI. COMMENTARIES ON THE BOOK OF HIEROTHEOS. To return to the Syrian writers who have treated this
book in extenso, we find still remaining to us two works
of importance: the first is the commentary of Theodosios of
Antioch, and the second is an abridgment of the work by
Gregory Bar ‘Ebraia. These two are of very unequal value,
tor the latter is more an imitation than a work of any
original merit. The physician Romanos, on becoming Jacobite Patriarch
of Antioch in 887, took the name of Theodosios: his two
great works seem to have been his commentary on Hiero-
theos and a treatise on medicine 1). He must have been an
enthusiastic follower of the mystico-pantheistic school, as also
his friend Lazaros of Kyros at whose request he undertook
and to whom he dedicated his work. The letter which he
addresses to Lazaros at the beginning of his commentary
would be of great interest: unfortunately the first sheets of
the MS. are so defaced that but a small portion of it can
be satisfactorily deciphered. In it he recounts how both he 11) H. Zotenberg, Les sentences symboliques de Th^odose, patriarche
d*Antioche. Paris 1877, p. 8—9.