“I rejoice to see your order”

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 examines how Paul animates the Dionysian hierarchies. It addresses several of the stalled questions in the scholarship on the CD, questions to which the influence of Paul offers a fresh perspective. Specifically, this chapter argues that Dionysius' own definition of hierarchy derives from Paul's understanding of the “body of Christ” as a divinely ordained ecclesial order; that Dionysius' Christology derives from Paul's experience of the luminous Christ on the road to Damascus; that Dionysius' appeals to Iamblichean “theurgy”—understood as “cooperation” (sunergeia) with the work of God that deifies the “co‐worker of God” (sunergos theou)—also finds inspiration in Paul.

Keywords: hierarchy; body of Christ; theurgy; Iamblichus; Porphyry; cooperation; deification; conversion; Christology; light

Chapter.  15338 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity ; Religious Studies

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