Pseudo-Dionysius: A Commentary on the Texts and an Introduction to Their Influence

Pseudo-Dionysius: A Commentary on the Texts and an Introduction to Their Influence

Paul Rorem


"Dionysius the Areopagite" is the biblical identify selected via the pseudonymous writer of an influential physique of Christian theological texts, courting from round 500 C.E. The Celestial Hierarchy, The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, The Divine Names, and The Mystical Theology provide a synthesis of biblical interpretation, liturgical spirituality, and Neoplatonic philosophy. Their valuable motif, which has made them the constitution of Christian mysticism, is the upward development of the soul towards God throughout the non secular interpretation of the Bible and the liturgy. Dionysius continuously reminds his readers, even though, that each one human options fall in need of the transcendence of God and needs to consequently be deserted in negotiations and silence. during this publication, Rorem offers a remark on all the Dionysian writings, bankruptcy via bankruptcy, and examines specially their complicated internal coherence. The Dionysian impression on medieval theology is brought in essays on particular subject matters: hierarchy, biblical symbolism, angels, Gothic structure, liturgical allegory, the scholastic doctrine of God, and the paranormal theology of the western heart a while. Rorem's ebook makes those texts extra obtainable to either students and scholars and contains a accomplished bibliography of secondary sources.

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