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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92 and descending upon the Son of man”. The writer himself
professes to have more than once attained to the highest
point of mystic union with the Arch-Good. To describe the contents in a few words: at the beginning
we find the statement regarding absolute existence, and the
emanation from primordial essence of the spiritual and ma¬
terial universes: then comes, what occupies almost the entire
work, the experience of the mind in search of perfection
during this life. Finally comes the description of the various
phases of existence as the mind rises into complete union
with and ultimate absorption into the primitive essence.
The key-note to the experience of the mind is its absolute
identification with Christ; but the Son finally resigns the
kingdom unto the Father, and all distinct existence comes
to an end, being lost in the chaos of the Good. BOOK FIRST. Every intelligent nature is determined, known and com¬
prehended by the essence which is above it; and determines,
knows and comprehends the essence which is below it; but
to the pure mind alone belongs the vision above and below').
Not even to the intelligence of angels are the wonderful
mysteries of pure and holy minds revealed. 11) In Hierotheos the Arch-Good (r(r^(see p. 95), and does not appear to be different from what is termed
the first fall oat of the Good.