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Source:
All the Names of the Lord
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226388724.003.0003

There are only a few books in Christian culture that rival—in scope or impact—the fabulous career of the Greek works in theology attributed to St. Dionysius the Areopagite. These works, which have survived as a unified corpus, encompass four treatises, The Divine Names, The Mystical Theology, The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, and The Celestial Hierarchy, as well as ten Epistles. Each of them holds a unique position of authority in the Christian canon, and the corpus as a whole has shaped Christian spirituality as few texts, outside the biblical canon, ever have. This chapter focuses on the names of God, and its particular interest turns on The Divine Names, which stands out in the Christian tradition as the most authoritative theological discourse on the naming of God.

Keywords:   Christian culture, theology, Dionysius the Areopagite, The Divine Names, The Mystical Theology, The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, The Celestial Hierarchy, God, treatises, naming

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