This Handbook contains forty essays by an international team of experts on the antecedents, the content, and the reception of the Dionysian corpus, a body of writings falsely ascribed to Dionysius the Areopagite, a convert of St Paul, but actually written about 500 AD. The first section 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, Niketas 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 Grosseteste 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. The contributors to the final section survey the effect on Western readers of Lorenzo Valla's proof of the inauthenticity of the corpus and the subsequent exposure of its dependence on Proclus by Koch and Stiglmayr. The authors studied in this section include Erasmus, Luther and his followers, Vladimir Lossky, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Jacques Derrida, as well as modern thinkers of the Greek Church. Essays on Dionysius as a mystic and a political theologian conclude the volume.
The Oxford Handbook of Dionysius the Areopagite surely represents one of the most complete and variegated texts on the reception of Dionysius we have at our disposal in scholarship, also managing to give the readers a consistent overview of the philosophy and theology of the author. * Clelia Attanasio, Clare College, Cambridge University, Heythrop Journal * The Oxford Handbook of Dionysius the Areopagite is definitely a must read for everyone interested in this important and enigmatic figure of late antiquity, whose ideas have been so influential, yet often even controversial, for the past fifteen centuries. The handbook definitely justifies its title, as it is a volume useful as a comprehensive introduction to the Areopagite, but it will also be a valuable asset to those already initiated into the Dionysian
thought. Thus, I am sure that this book will be a must read for both specialists, as well as all those interested in late antique studies, church history, and ever exciting relationship between ancient philosophy and Christian theology. * Filip Ivanovic, Society of Biblical Literature * Numerous and varied merits * GUSTAVO RIESGO, Revista Espanola de Filosofia Medieval * ... a scientific approach that was necessary and creates bridges between traditions, confessional backgrounds and cultures and comes to speak about the multiple values of the works written by the authors from the beginning of Christianity. * Fr. PhD. Iuliu-Marius Morariu, "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Studia Monastica * this volume constitutes an excellent Dionysian synthesis * Gustavo Angel Riesgo, Revista Espanola de Filosofia Medieval * The major merit of this book, offering a different picture of what can be described as a spiritual, philosophical, and cultural legacy, is due mostly to the new exegetical and hermeneutical research instruments...so the Oxford Handbook of Dionysius the Areopagite should be seen as a hallmark for the future reassessments in approaching philosophizing patterns of the Christian West vs. the Christian East, as of Medieval vs. Modern mind. * Corina Domnari, Institute for the Study of Values and Spirituality, Methexis Journal *