This issue of Church History and Religious Culture celebrates the five hundred years of influence to both religious life and piety and to scholarship that the publication of the Novum Instrumentum engendered. Truly, littera scripta manet. The essays gathered here challenge presently held notions of what Erasmus was doing in creating a critical Greek New Testament, his status as a theologian, his relationship to Jerome and the fashioning of a biblical eleoquence, his relationship to Martin Luther, and even the influence of Erasmus’s work itself. By challenging presently held notions, these essays pay tribute to the example that Erasmus set, and offer a fitting remembrance to the 500th anniversary of his Novum Instrumentum.
Irena Backus“Lefèvre d’ Etaples’ View of Paul and His Theology,” in A Companion to Paul in the Reformationedited by R. Ward Holder (Leiden 2009) 73–76; and James K. Farge “Noël Beda and the Defense of the Tradition” in Biblical Humanism and Scholasticism in the Age of Erasmus edited by Erika Rummel (Leiden 2008) 143–164.
Erika Rummel“Biblical Humanism”32. Marjorie O’Rourke Boyle answered that Erasmus favored a theological method of imitation grounded in the pedagogy of classical rhetoric. Boyle Erasmus on Language and Method in Theology (Toronto 1977) 101.