John of Scythopolis and the Dionysian Corpus: Annotating the Areopagite

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

byPaul Rorem, John C. Lamoreaux

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John, the sixth-century orthodox bishop of Scythopolis in Palestine, was the first of many authors to comment upon the highly influentional Pseudo-Dionysian writings (such as The Mystical Theology). Here translated and interpreted, John's Prologue and Scholia (marginalia) have only recentlybeen separable from later comments. They present his complex theological and philosophical observations on the Dionysian texts. The book begins with the general outlines of the appearance and reception of the Dionysian corpus in the sixth century, followed by an overview of the career and works ofJohn of Scythopolis. Written around AD 540, John's own comments in the Prologue provide the outline for introducing the concerns dominating his Scholia: biblical, classical, and patristic sources; liturgical terminology and context; orthodox and heretical doctrines of the Trinity, Christology,creation, and eschatology; Dionysian authenticity; Neoplatonism and John's unacknowledged quotations from Plotinus. Most of the Scholia and all of the Prologue are translated and annotated in order to present the first of many layers of Dionysian interpretation.

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John, the sixth-century orthodox bishop of Scythopolis in Palestine, was the first of many authors to comment upon the highly influentional Pseudo-Dionysian writings (such as The Mystical Theology). Here translated and interpreted, John's Prologue and Scholia (marginalia) have only recentlybeen separable from later comments. They pre...

Paul Rorem is at Princeton Theological Seminary. John C. Lamoreaux is at Hampden-Sydney College.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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`Paul Rorem and John Lamoreaux have done us a great service in extending to the remainder of the Pseudo-Dionysian corpus the work of Beate Suchla in identifying John of Scythopolis' Scholia on The Divine Names. Their translation of the Scholia and of John's Preface allows us for the first timeconfidently to place the Dionysian texts in the context in which the bulk of their early readers would have met them. ... this volume will be a valuable resource in a fascinating journey of discovery.'Janet P Williams, Journal of Theological Studies 50:2 October 1999