John Colet on the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy of Dionysius

A New Edition and Translation with Introduction and Notes


The commentary of John Colet (1467-1519) on Dionysius the Areopagite’s Ecclesiastical Hierarchy adapts a work widely neglected by medieval theologians to the early sixteenth century. Dionysius’s “apostolic” model allowed Colet to set ecclesiastical corruption against the ideas for re-forming the mind as well as the church. The commentary reveals Colet’s fascination with the Kabbalah and re-emergent Galenism, but it subordinates all to harmonizing Dionysius and his supposed teacher, Paul. This first new edition in almost 150 years and first edition of the complete manuscript is edited critically, translated expertly, and provided with an apparatus that advances historical, theological, and rhetorical contexts. It resituates study of Colet by identifying a coherent center for his theology and agenda for reform in Tudor England.

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Biographical Note
Daniel T. Lochman, Ph.D. (1982) in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a Professor of English at Texas State University. He has published widely on the writings of John Colet and has co-edited Discourses and Representations of Early Modern Friendship (Ashgate, 2010).

Daniel J. Nodes, Ph.D. (1982) in Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, is Professor of Classics in Baylor University. He has published extensively on the intersection of early Christian theology and classical literary culture.
Those interested in intellectual history, Neoplatonic philosophy, ecclesiology, the history of Late Antiquity, the Eastern church, early modern humanism, Tudor history, and the history of the Christianity, as well as neolatinists, philologists, and theologians.
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