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

89 It is a singular circumstance that Bar cEbraia, who, as
we have seen, states emphatically in other places that Bar
Sudaili was the real author, does not mention or even in¬
sinuate the fact in this compendium or in his introduction
to it, but on the contrary speaks of the work as genuine. It is perhaps possible that his inimical position to the
Book of Hierotheos dated from an earlier period, when as
yet he had not laid eyes on it and found it so much to his
taste. If this were so, he had obvious reasons for not laying
any stress on its authorship by the anathematized Bar Sudaili.
This raises, however, another important question: did Theo¬
dosios know that Bar Sudaili was the author, or even that
the work was attributed to him ? I do not consider his com¬
plete silence on the question, and his open acceptance of
the authenticity, to be a sound proof of his good faith in
considering the work as that of a first-century Hierotheos. . caiicui-a&sa rdicn rtLaCuao-S^A JLCi CD&SWh. £>0 ^UU «Know, my spiritual brother, that haring for a long time studied and considered the Book of the illustri¬
ous, wise and learned Hierotheos, I have found it to be a great and
wonderful book: but I perceived that its books and chapters were con¬
fused, lengthened and corrupted, as also were some of its sentences,
and that this had been done not by the above-mentioned writer but
by the translator. I therefore desired to translate it from Greek into
Syriac, and decided also to put (its chapters) in order, and to arrange
each one in the place it ought to occupy and to which, in our judgment
and opinion, it was suited. In doing this, however, we have not cor¬
rupted the words of the learned (author) nor the words of the com¬
mentator, not having changed or added any thing of our own except only a few words, such as !t& and ^.1 and and other similar ones.
Still we have removed some things of small importance, as well as some
perverted chapters and sections; and things like the theory of astrology,
although there were perverse sentences in many places which agreed
with it. We have arranged the chapters of this book according to the
(economy of the life of Our Lord, beginning with his baptism,” etc. etc.