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Bibil Identifier bibil:202623
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Dionysius, Paul and the Significance of the Pseudonym
Author Stang, Charles M.
Journal Modern Theology (Volume: 24, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 541-555 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay interprets the Corpus Dionysiacum (CD) through the lens of the pseudonym, Dionysius the Areopagite, and the corresponding influence of Paul. First, this essay argues that the author of the CD writes under the name of Dionysius the Areopagite in order to suggest that, following Paul, he will effect a new rapprochement between the wisdom of pagan Athens and the revelation of God in Christ. Second, this essay demonstrates how crucial Paul is for Dionysius' own "apophatic anthropology," that is, his view of how the human self that would solicit union with the "unknown God" must also become somehow "unknown." Finally, this essay hazards a final hypothesis regarding the significance of the pseudonym: that the practice of pseudonymous writing is itself an ecstatic devotional practice in the service of "unknowing" both God and self.
DOI DOI:10.1111/j.1468-0025.2008.00484.x
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Dionysius the Areopagite
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Paul
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