Erasmus' revolutionary Latin and Greek New Testament of 1516 was accompanied by annotations intended to be brief but which were already challenging and often discursive. This edition gives them with all their variants.
The years 1519, 1523, 1527 and 1535 saw those notes grow and grow in number, size and importance. Some treat just those vital minutiæ which led Aquinas, say, into error or folly when he ignored or neglected them: others form ever-expanding essays spreading over several pages and bringing Erasmus into the centre of controversy.
Here, for the first time ever, the annotations are edited and dated. They now form an indispensable companion to Erasmus' letters as a major source of our knowledge of the nuances and development of his thought and scholarship.
Anne Reeve is an honorary Research Fellow at University College, London. Her works include the two earlier volumes of Erasmus' Annotations on the New Testament. She has collaborated with her husband, M.A. Screech on other books, especially those on Rabelais.
M.A. Screech is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and an Extraordinary Fellow elect of Wolfson College. He is best known for his work on Erasmus, Rabelais and Montaigne.
'It is...a rich source for finding how Erasmus justified his exegetical decisions and engaged in controversy with his opponents. This now complete facsimile edition will certainly be a useful source for experts in the field.'
Manfred Hoffmann, Religious Studies Review, 1995.
'...a project that is of fundamental importance not just for students of Erasmus, but for all those interested in the early history of critical scholarship on the New Testament.'
James d. Tracy, Ecclesiastical History, 1997.
All interested in Renaissance, Reformation and Counter-Reformation and all New Testament Scholars and Theologians.