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Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (Greek: Διονύσιος ὁ Ἀρεοπαγίτης), also known as Pseudo-Denys, was a Christian theologian and philosopher of the late 5th to early 6th century, who wrote a set of works known as the Corpus Areopagiticum or Corpus Dionysiacum. The author pseudonymously identifies himself in the corpus as "Dionysios", portraying himself as the figure of Dionysius the Areopagite, the Athenian convert of Paul the Apostle mentioned in Acts 17:34.
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. First published Mon Sep 6, 2004; substantive revision Wed Dec 31, 2014. 1. Dionysius: Persona. Though Pseudo-Dionysius lived in the late fifth and early sixth century . his works were written as if they were composed by St. Dionysius the Areopagite, who was a member of the Athenian judicial council (known as ‘the Areopagus’) in the 1st century . and who was converted by St. Paul.
This page intentionally left blank. PART I. The Letters as Introduction. ORIENTATION This book interprets the works that for centuries were falsely attributed to Dionysius the Areopagite, the Athenian who was converted to Christianity by St. Paul, according to Acts 17. They were actually written some five hundred years later, although we do not know precisely when or where
Dionysius the Areopagite" is the biblical name chosen by the pseudonymous author of an influential body of Christian theological texts, dating from around 500 . The Celestial Hierarchy, The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, The Divine Names, and The Mystical Theology offer a synthesis of biblical interpretation, liturgical spirituality, and Neoplatonic philosophy. Their central motif, which has made them the charter of Christian mysticism, is the upward progress of the soul toward God through the spiritual interpretation of the Bible and the liturgy
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (fl. c. 650-c. Dionysius is the author of three long treatises (The Divine Names, The Celestial Hierarchy, and The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy) one short treatise (The Mystical Theology) and ten letters expounding various aspects of Christian Philosophy from a mystical and Neoplatonic perspective
Pseudo-Denysius was a Christian theologian and philosopher of the late 5th to early 6th century, who wrote a set of works known as the Corpus Areopagiticum or Corpus Dionysiacum. Dionysius the Areopagite was an Athenian converted to Christianity by St. Paul (Acts 17:34); according to Eusebius, he later became the first bishop of Athens. Around the beginning of the sixth century, probably in Syria, an unknown Christian writer produced a series of theological works in Greek. His thought is firmly grounded in the Bible and in Neoplatonic philosophy and shows particular affinities with the pagan Neoplatonist Proclus.
Anyone interested in Christian or western mysticism should read this book without delay - Pseudo-Dionysius is surely the most significant figure in the entire tradition since the fall of Rome. Borrowing heavily from Plotinus and Proclus, he articulated a vision of the cosmos as a series of emanations from the Godhead, logically equivalent to Plotinus' "the One," but here identified with the holy Trinity. Pseudo-Dionysius is also concerned with the words used in the Bible to describe God. He I completed the preface and three introductory essays.
Results will appear here as you type. Read this book online. There remains for the Christian reader no theologian or scholar quite as enigmatic as Dionysius the Areopagite, also known as Pseudo-Dionysius. Dionysius is mentioned in Acts 17, as someone who became a follower of Christ through the preaching of Paul. In the fifth and sixth century, a number of works appeared under the name Dionysius the Areopagite.
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, also known as pseudo-Denys, is the name scholars have given to an anonymous theologian and philosopher of the fifth or sixth century . who wrote a collection of books, the Corpus Areopagiticum, under the pseudonym Dionysius the Areopagite, a convert of Saint Paul from Athens. However, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, this pseudonym was so convincing that it carried an almost apostolic authority on church doctrines