Mystagogy: A Monastic Reading of Dionysius Areopagita

Alexander Golitzin
Bogdan G. Bucur

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Mystagogy: A Monastic Reading of Dionysius Areopagita proposes an interpretation of the Pseudo-Dionysian corpus in light of the liturgical and ascetic tradition that defined the author and his audience. Characterized by both striking originality and remarkable fidelity to the Patristic and Late-Neoplatonic traditions, the Dionysian corpus is a coherent and unified structure, whose core and pivot is the treatise known as the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy. Given Pseudo Dionysius' fundamental continuity with earlier Christian theology and spirituality, it is not surprising that the Church, in particular the ascetic community, recognized that this theological synthesis articulated its own fundamental experience and aspirations.

Alexander Golitzin (D.Phil, Oxford University) is professor emeritus of patristics at Marquette University and a bishop in the Orthodox Church. He specializes in the origins of Eastern Christian ascetical and mystical tradition, with a particular eye toward continuities and parallels with, respectively, intertestamental and Rabbinic Judaism. Among his extensive literary output are 'Et introibo ad altare Dei': The Mystagogy of Dionysius Areopagita (Thessalonika: Patriarchal Institute, 1994) St. Symeon the New Theologian on the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses, 3 vols. (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1995-1997), and New Light from the Holy Mountain (South Canaan, PA: St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, 1996), and served studies collected in the Theophaneia School: Jewish Roots of CHristian Mysticism, ed. Andrei Orlov and Basil Lurie (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2009).

Bogdan G. Bucur (Ph.D, Marquette University) is associate professor of theology at Duquesne University and a priest in the Orthodox Church. His work explores the link between biblical exegesis, doctrinal developments, and spirituality in early CHristianity and the Byzantine tradition. He is the author of Angelomorphic Pneumatology: Clement of Alexandria and Other Early Christian Witnesses (Leiden/Boston: Brill 2009), as well as of numerous journal articles.