The supposed writings of St. Methodius of Olympus (martyred
311 C.E.); or the saint of the same name who was patriarch
of Constantinople and who died in 846. The real name of the
work is Bea-Methodius, a contraction for Beatus Methodivo, which
was misprinted ‘‘Bermechobus.’’ The work is of the nature of
a prophetic Apocalypse and tells the history and destiny of the
world. It was handed down by the Gnostics and printed in the
Mirabilis Liber. There are no grounds, however, to suppose that
the writings were the work of either of the saints mentioned.
The book recounts how Seth sought a new country in the
east and came to the country of the initiates, and how the children
of Cain instituted a system of black magic in India. The
author identifies the Ishmaelites with those tribes who overthrew
the Roman power and tells of a powerful northern people
whose reign will be overturned by the Antichrist. A universal
kingdom will thereafter be founded, governed by a prince
of French blood, after which a prolonged period of justice will