Exegesis and Hermeneutics in Erasmus’ Paraphrase on Luke

In: Erasmus Studies
Jan Bloemendal Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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This article discusses how Erasmus deals with the personae in the Paraphrase on Luke, distinguishing between the author Erasmus (the paraphrast), the narrator (the paraphraser) and the evangelist. These ‘Luke-voices’ are connected to exegesis (explanation of the narrative) and hermeneutics (the application of the narrative to the lives of the audience). It is argued that Erasmus deliberately played with the voices; this enabled him to criticize wrongs of his own times as worded by ‘Luke’, and to contribute to the advancement of Christian piety.

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