The Oxford Handbook of Dionysius the Areopagite

ISBN : 9780198810797

Mark Edwards; Dimitrios Pallis; Georgios Steiris
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The Dionysian corpus was a body of writings falsely ascribed to Dionysius the Areopagite, a convert of St. Paul, actually written in around 500 A.D. This handbook brings together forty papers by over thirty contributors on the the antecedents, the content and the reception of the corpus. The Oxford Handbook of Dionysius the Areopagite contains discussions of the genesis of the corpus, its Christian antecedents, and its Neoplatonic influences. In the second section, studies on the Syriac reception, the relation of the Syriac to the original Greek, and the editing of the Greek by John of Scythopolis are followed by contributions on the use of the corpus in such Byzantine authors as Maximus the Confessor, John of Damascus, Theodore the Studite, Nicholas Stethatos, Gregory Palamas, and Gemistus Pletho. In the third section attention turns to the western tradition, represented first by the translators John Scotus Eriugena, John Sarracenus, and Robert Grossesteste and then by such readers as the Victorines, the early Franciscans, Albert the Great, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Dante, the English mystics, Nicholas of Cusa, and Marsilio Ficino. Essays on Dionysius as a mystic and a political theologian conclude the volume.


1 Introduction
Part I: The Corpus in its Historical Setting
2 Beate Suchla: The Dionysian Corpus
3 Tim Riggs: The Content of the Areopagitic Writings
4 Maximos Costas: New Testament, St. Paul and Dionysius
5 Mark Edwards: Apophatic theology before Dionysius
6 Bogdan Bucur: Philo and Clement
7 Ilaria Ramelli: Origen and Evagrius
8 Michael Motia: Gregory of Nyssa
9 Charles Stang: Iamblichus and Proclus
10 Mark Edwards and John Dillon: Dionysius and the Athenian School
Part II: Dionysius in the East
11 Emiliano Fiori: The Syriac Translation
12 Istvan Perczel: Notes on the Earliest Greco-Syriac Reception of the Dionysian Corpus
13 Beate Suchla: John of Scythopolis
14 Maximos Constas: Maximus the Confessor
15 Mark Edwards and Dimitrios Pallis: John of Damascus
16 George Arabatzis: Theodore the Studite and Dionysius
17 Antonio Rigo: Byzantine traditions up to Symeon the New Theologian
18 Torstein Tollefsen: Gregory Palamas
19 George Steiris: Plethon
Part III: Dionysius in the West
20 Deirdre Carabine: Eriugena
21 Mark Edwards: John Sarracenus
22 Declan Lawell: Robert Grossesteste
23 Monica Tobon: The Early Franciscan Reception
24 Paul Rorem: Hugh of St Victor
25 Declan Lawell: Thomas Gallus
26 Wayne Hankey: Albert the Great and Aquinas
27 Mark Edwards and Tamara Pollack: Dante
28 Peter Tyler: The Carthusians and the Cloud of Unknowing
29 Theo Kobusch: Nicholas of Cusa
30 Michael Allen and Mark Edwards: Marsilio Ficino
Part IV
31 Denis Robichaud: Lorenzo Valla and Erasmus
32 Johannes Zachhuber: Luther
33 Johannes Zachhuber: Lutheranism after Luther
34 Andrew Louth: English Reception since the Reformation
35 Christian Schafer: Stiglmayr and Koch
36 Mark Edwards: 33. Three modern theological approaches: Inge, Lossky, Von Balthasar
37 Dimitrios Pallis: Modern Greek Reception
38 Timothy Knepper: Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion
39 Ysabel De Andia: Dionysius as a Mystic
40 Gyorgy Gereby: The Theology of the Ps.-Dionysius


Mark Edwards has been Tutor in Theology at Christ Church, Oxford since 1993, and also University Lecturer/Associate Professor in Patristics in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. Since 2014 he has held the title Professor of Early Christian Studies. His books include Neoplatonic Saints (2000), Origen against Plato (2002), John through the Centuries (2003), Culture and Philosophy in the Age of Plotinus (2006), Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church (2009), Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries (2012), Religions of the Constantinian Empire (2015) and Aristotle and Early Christian Thought (2019). ; Dimitrios Pallis is an independent researcher specializing in theology and philosophy in late antique Christian Platonism and modern Greek Orthodox thought. He is the author of twenty book chapters and research articles and a treatise in these areas. He has been awarded three prizes for studies on Dionysius the Areopagite from the University of Oxford, the University of Athens, and the Academy of Athens respectively. Recent publications include: A 'Neobyzantine' Cultural Proposal?: A Critical Appraisal of the Assimilation of Areopagitic Apophaticism in the Early Thought of Christos Yannaras (2017) and 'Constructed Self' and Christian Mysticism in Dionysius the Areopagite and his Place in the Orthodox Tradition (2018/2019). ; Georgios Steiris is currently Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He previously taught at the University of Peloponnese and the Hellenic Open University. He has been Visiting Professor at Jyvaskyla University. He has been served as Secretary General of the Greek Philosophical Society (2015-2016). He co-edited the volume Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher (2017).