In 1516, Desiderius Erasmus published the first Greek New Testament. Almost immediately, it became embroiled in controversy and Erasmus was accused of heresy because of critical decisions he made about the text. The most controversial was his decision to not include 1John 5,7, the so-called Comma Johanneum, which was used as a defense of the Trinity. This essay examines the ways in which Erasmus attempted to protect himself and his New Testament from heresy charges as he revised it for its second edition. Then, it offers a further contextualization for why those attempts failed. Erasmus reinserted 1John 5,7 in his third edition.
See H.J. de Jonge‘Erasmus and the Comma Johanneum,’Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses56 no. 4 (1980) 386. “Quae est ista tanta supinitas … si non consulum codices quorum mihi non potuit esse copia?” Later when defending his placement of the text in the 1522 third edition he wrote “Ex hoc igitur codice Britannico reposuimus quod in nostris dicebatur deesse: ne cui sit ansa calumniandi [Thus from this British codex we have replaced that which we lacked so that we might not be slandered.”] Desiderius Erasmus Novum Testamentum 3rd ed. (Basel 1522) fol. Ff4r.