Ancient and Modern Readers of the <i>Corpus Dionysiacum</i>

Charles M. Stang

in Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640423
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738234 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

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This chapter charts the reception of the CD from its first appearance in the sixth century to modern scholarship in the twentieth and twenty‐first centuries. This survey focuses on the manner in which readers have attended to questions of the authentic authorship of the CD, the relationship of its author and his theological enterprise to the life and writings of Paul, and the significance both of pseudonymity in general and of the particular pseudonym, Dionysius the Areopagite. The first section covers the contested reception of the CD in the sixth century. The second section leaps forward to the end of the nineteenth century and surveys the history of modern scholarship on Dionysius. The third and final section considers three promising leads from four scholars, Alexander Golitzin, Andrew Louth, Christian Schäfer, and Hans Urs von Balthasar, who have attempted to explain the significance of the pseudonym and the relevance of Paul.

Keywords: reception; pseudonymity; Alexander Golitzin; Andrew Louth; Christian Schäfer; Hans Urs von Balthasar

Chapter.  11928 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity ; Religious Studies

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