Controversies with Edward Lee

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In 1520, the reading public witnessed the eruption of a simmering conflict between Erasmus, the foremost advocate of the new biblical humanism, and Edward Lee, a younger scholar at the University of Louvain and spokesman for the traditionalists in matters of biblical interpretation and church discipline. When Erasmus (perhaps unconsciously) subsumed criticisms Lee had sent to him of his 1516 Annotations on the New Testament into the second edition (1519) without properly crediting their source, Lee resorted to ...

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In 1520, the reading public witnessed the eruption of a simmering conflict between Erasmus, the foremost advocate of the new biblical humanism, and Edward Lee, a younger scholar at the University of Louvain and spokesman for the traditionalists in matters of biblical interpretation and church discipline. When Erasmus (perhaps unconsciously) subsumed criticisms Lee had sent to him of his 1516 Annotations on the New Testament into the second edition (1519) without properly crediting their source, Lee resorted to publication of his collection of criticisms.

Erasmus responded immediately with the Apologia which is neither arrogant nor biting nor angry nor aggressive, and which responds to the two invectives of Edward Lee, describing his version of the history of the dispute with Lee, and less than two months later produced Responses to Lee's criticisms. This new volume in the Collected Works of Erasmus series contains the first-ever English translations of the Apology and the Responses. These two pieces display Erasmus the humanist in the thick of academic turmoil, deploying all the rhetorical weapons at his command. The volume is an entertaining and informative look into Erasmus as a scholar and as a man.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802038364
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 1/5/2006
  • Series: Collected Works of Erasmus Series , #72
  • Edition description: Volume 72
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.07 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), a Dutch humanist, Catholic priest, and scholar, was one of the most influential Renaissance figures. A professor of divinity and Greek, Erasmus wrote, taught ,and travelled, meeting with Europe's foremost scholars. A prolific author, Erasmus wrote on both ecclesiastic and general human interest subjects.

Istvan Bejczy is an associate professor in the Department of History at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.

Jane E. Phillips is a professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Kentucky.

Erika Rummel is a professor emerita in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University and an adjunct professor at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Jane E. Phillips

Introduction by Erika Rummel

Erasmus’ Biblical Text by Jane E. Phillips

Biblical Passages Discussed in Erasmus’ Response to the Annotations of Edward Lee

An Apologia in Response to the Two Invectives of Edward Lee Apologia qua respondet duabus invectivis Eduardi Lei

A Response to the Annotations of Edward Lee/Responsio ad annotationes Eduardi Lei

Works Frequently Cited

Short-Title Forms for Erasmus’ Works

Index of Biblical Passages Cited

Index of Greek and Latin Words

General Index

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