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

HIDDEN MYSTERIES OF THE DIVINITY. It would not be possible within the limits of a few pages -
to give a satisfactory summary of a work written in such
a condensed style, and full of so many unusual, and to us
strange, ideas: still we will endeavor to give, as far as
possible, a correct idea of the work, using, if not the exact
wording of the author, a very similar language. We have
purposely avoided attempting a critical analysis, or a compa¬
rison with earlier writings which contain similar doctrines;
all this can be done only when we publish the text itself. The full title of the work is not given on the first sheet
of the MS., but appears from the introductory commentary
to be Aa..i : cook&vk' rdi-.m.i rtfaiva . rrtrArV &us:i. The Book of the holy Hierotheos on the hid¬
den mysteries of the Divinity (lit. of the house of God). It
is divided into five books, each of which contains a number
of chapters. It is a real theological epic, in which the
mystical scenes through which the soul passes in its ascent
towards the One are developed in a vivid manner, as if the
writer saw //heaven open and the angels of God ascending