Holy Scripture Speaks: The Production and Reception of Erasmus' Paraphrases on the New Testament
Erasmus' Paraphrases on the New Testament provide a startling example of the adaptation of the Bible to the religious and rhetorical ideals of Renaissance humanism. Yet very little is known about the production and reception of the Paraphrases, which comprise nine volumes of the Collected Works of Erasmus in English. In this collection of twelve contributed essays, Hilmar Pabel and Mark Vessey aim to address this gap in Erasmus studies. The papers reflect recent critical scholarship in three main areas: Erasmus' promotion of the ideals of Renaissance humanism; his work as an editor, translator, and interpreter of the New Testament; and the impact of his published writings on the culture of early modern Europe.
Holy Scripture Speaks represents the most concerted collective study of Erasmus' Paraphrases on the New Testament since the completion of the first English translation by scholars during the reign of Edward VI (1548/9). It reveals the rich complexity of the literary, theological, and cultural dimensions of the Paraphrases, and indicates future directions that research in this area should take.
- Series: Erasmus Studies
- World Rights
- Page Count: 352 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationHilmar M. Pabel is Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, and editor of Erasmus' Vision of the Church.
Mark Vessey is Principal of Green College and Professor of English Literature at the University of British Columbia.
Table of contents
Sequence and Dates of the Original Publication of the Paraphrases
Order of the Paraphrases in the Collected Works of Erasmus (CWE)
PART ONE / 'A KIND OF EXPOSITION': THE PRODUCTION OF THE PARAPHRASES
The Tongue and the Book: Erasmus' Paraphrases on the New Testament and the Arts of Scripture
Exegetical Fictions? Biblical Paraphrases of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Historical Imagination and the Representation of Paul in Erasmus' Paraphrases on the Pauline Epistles
Robert D. Sider
Triumphs, Trophies, and Spoils: Roman History in Some Paraphrases on Paul by Erasmus
Sub evangelistae persona: The Speaking Voice in Erasmus' Paraphrase on Luke
Jane E. Phillips
Jesus and His Family in Erasmus' Paraphrases on Luke and John
Exegesis and Marriage in Erasmus' Paraphrases on the New Testament
Hilmar M. Pabel
PART TWO / 'A FULL LIBRARY OF DIVINITY BOOKS': THE RECEPTION OF THE PARAPHRASES
The Textual Travail of the Tomus secundus of the Paraphrases
John J. Bateman
Why Noel Beda Did Not Like Erasmus' Paraphrases
The Paraphrases of Erasmus in French
John Bale's Image of Both Churches and the English Paraphrase on Revelation
Gretchen E. Minton
Forming a Protestant Consciousness? Erasmus' Paraphrases in English Parishes, 1547-1666
Index of Scriptural Passages
Subjects and Courses