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

86 Immediately following the letter is a long introduction by
Theodosios, in which he summarizes the book, explains his
view of it, and enters into an elaborate and interesting in¬
terpretation of all the mystical and philosophical terms used
in the text — interpretations which are valuable not only
for the understanding of the work, but often also philolo-
gically. The commentary of Theodosios is very detailed, and occu¬
pies about three-quarters of the 4to volume of 134 pages.
He is very careful to define and explain all the expressions
used, and often does so in a very mystical and fanciful
manner. In his opinion, the most abstruse doctrines in the
book are veiled under words which would suffice to hide
them from the uninitiated, but to «'pure minds” «/be easy
of interpretation.” «11«” osasa . ivoa >_1 hurt's «Isa ocb »1 «ll Al^soet retire” . >&KvV«»»*gir> ena Art ^Aoos iiolo .KdtoiMtens itiua t£xt iiol.i vyr^ rO« Kbiua ^ita\ Rtias Are” . Kliea iwstiuu^r^m) Al^sno .... xo re'xcn caa rc'tre'x v^rC' ol . jix&re' r£x».v> «'ace 4\o_l \«.w.*bh nln a.w Klsnxi^ rtfA«' . r£-J«' «11«* .3TD&\sa .... »the holy and mystical doctrine, hidden in alle¬
gories, of the blessed Hierotheos. I will endeavor to interpret to yon,
as you in the goodness of yonr heart have asked, this holy and divine
teaching. For the labors and fatigue in searching after this book never
discouraged you, neither were you stopped by the lack of it, nor by
the pains you were obliged to take to remove the veil from off the words
of the Teacher. I do not therefore wish to defraud you of this profit.
Even if it is a laborious work, yet will we derive from it a most glorious
illumination.* etc. etc.