Joannes or Joannes Climacus
104. RAITHUENSIS, or RAITHENUS, i. e. of RAITHUS or RAITHU (τοῦ Ῥαϊθοῦ
), hegumenos or abbot of a monastery at Elim, or the Seventy Springs, on the western coast of the peninsula of Mount Sinai, lived in the sixth century, and was the friend of Joannes, surnamed Climacus. [CLIMACUS.]
It was at the desire of Raithuensis that Climacus wrote the work Κλίμαξ
, Scala Paradisi,
from which he derives his name, and to which Raithuensis wrote a Commendatio
The Ἐπιστολὴ τοῦ ἁγίου Ἰωάννου τοῦ ἡγουμένου τοῦ Ῥαϊθοῦ
, Litterae Joannis Raithuensis,
addressed to Climacus, requesting him to undertake the work, and the answer of Climacus, are given by Raderus in the original Greek, with a Latin version, in his edition of the works of Climacus, fol. Paris, 1633.
This version of the Litterae
of Raithuensis, and a Latin version of his Commendatio
are given in various editions of the Bibliotheca Patrum
are given in vol. iii. ed. Paris, 1575.
vol. v. ed. Paris, 1589 and 1654.
the Litterae s. Epistola
in vol. vi. pt. ii. ed. Cologne, 1618; and vol. x. ed. Lyon, 1677.
Fabric. Bibl. Gr.
vol. ix. pp. 523-524; Ittigius, De Bibliothecis Patrum.