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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i Greek literature and in the doctrine of Origen” »). The
Origenistic revival of the beginning of the sixth century was
in perfect accord with the theories of the Pseudo-Dionysios;
still it is interesting to note this further connection. The writers who have undertaken to trace the develop*
ment of the influence of the Pseudo-Areopagite have confined
themselves to Greek and Latin literature, and have neglected
the very important part taken by Syrian writers in this move¬
ment. It was in reality as important as either of the for¬
mer, and can boast nearly as many noteworthy representa¬
tives. Contemporary with the scholia of John of Scythopolis,
for example, who was the first Greek commentator of Dio¬
nysios, we find the version and scholia of Sergius of Ras'ain,
already mentioned; and while the next Greek commentator
is the noted Maximus, who flourished in the seventh cen¬
tury, Syria is represented again in the sixth century itself
by the monk Joseph Huzaja, who wrote a Q>cua>cucu.v ax.a&
^Commentary on Dionysios” *). Afterwards, and not quite
a century later than Maximus, appear the commentaries of
Phocas bar Sergius of Edessa 1 2 3) and John bishop of Dara 4 5).
This latter treats only of the Celestial and Ecclesiastical
Hierarchies and does not confine itself to the oflice of a
commentary, but holds forth original views in various chap¬
ters. During the latest period of Syriac literature we find the
commentary of Theodore bar Zarudi of Edessa *). It would
not be possible in the present incomplete state, of our ac¬
quaintance with Syrian literature to give a satisfactory account 1) Land, Anecdota Syriaca T. Ill, p. 289. 2) ‘Ebed Yeshu, Catal. of Syrian writers, in Assem. Bib. Or. T. Ill,
P. I, p. 103. 3) W. Wright, Catal. of the Syriac mss. of the Brit. Mus. T. II, p. 493.
The MS. is dated A.D. 804. 4) A8semani Catal. Codd. Syr. T. II, p. 530: cf. Bib. Or. T. II, p. 120. 5) W. Wright, op. cit., p. 500. MS. Add 22.370, of the XIV or XV century.