In the present contribution I shall tackle the question of the Dionysian influence on Isaac the Syrian and Joseph Ḥazzāyā in particular and, more briefly and tentatively, on the East Syrian mystics in general, reopening a field that has not been explored further since the pioneering studies of Robert Beulay in the Eighties. Beulay described the East Syrian attitude towards the Areopagite as follows: “One could say that Dionysius was considered a teacher to read and possibly to comment upon; they [the ascetic authors] only retained some primary or secondary elements from him, but without sticking to the properly doctrinal aspect of his teaching.” I intend to build on Beulay’s correct intuition, and to find a reason for Dionysius’ marginality, in particular by pointing out the peculiar way his text was spread in the Syriac speaking world.

Dionysius the Areopagite and the East Syrian Mystics: The Phantom of a Greek Heritage

Emiliano Fiori
2020

Abstract

In the present contribution I shall tackle the question of the Dionysian influence on Isaac the Syrian and Joseph Ḥazzāyā in particular and, more briefly and tentatively, on the East Syrian mystics in general, reopening a field that has not been explored further since the pioneering studies of Robert Beulay in the Eighties. Beulay described the East Syrian attitude towards the Areopagite as follows: “One could say that Dionysius was considered a teacher to read and possibly to comment upon; they [the ascetic authors] only retained some primary or secondary elements from him, but without sticking to the properly doctrinal aspect of his teaching.” I intend to build on Beulay’s correct intuition, and to find a reason for Dionysius’ marginality, in particular by pointing out the peculiar way his text was spread in the Syriac speaking world.
Griechische Philosophie und Wissenschaft bei den Ostsyrern. Zum Gedenken an Mār Addai Scher (1867–1915)
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