The Celestial Hierarchy


in John of Scythopolis and the Dionysian Corpus

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269700
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683756 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Celestial Hierarchy

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This chapter presents a selected translation of John of Scythopolis' Prologue to the Dionysian corpus by Dionysius the Areopagites concerning celestial hierarchy. John defined hierarchy as the source of the order of sacred things and hierarch as the one who is the source of sacred things. He provided a running commentary on the passages of Dionysian corpus including those covering the issues of intelligence, source of perfection, and the use poetic imagery in the Scriptures.

Keywords: John of Scythopolis; Prologue; Dionysian corpus; Dionysius the Areopagite; celestial hierarchy; intelligence; perfection; Scriptures; sacred things; poetic imagery

Chapter.  8896 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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