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1519 Erasmus Greek Latin Parallel New Testament
The publication of Erasmus's New Testament was a landmark in the critical study of Scripture and was the epitome of his (Erasmus of Rotterdam) desire for a return to the sources of the Christian tradition. Its production and legacy illuminate the intellectual climate of Western Europe and the growth of a new type of Biblical scholarship based upon scholarship methods. The original like our facsimile edition measures 13.25 inches tall, 9.5 inches wide and 2.25 inches thick. This facsimile edition consists of the original Greek text and a new translation into classical Latin arranged in parallel columns.
This text was the first Greek Testament to be published, appearing in 1516. Erasmus made alterations to his text and subsequent editions were produced in his lifetime, in 1519, 1522, 1527 and 1535. Although not based on the greater number of manuscripts available to scholars in later centuries, Erasmus's text served as the foundation for critical editions of the Greek New Testament into the modern era.
Critical Biblical Scholarship can be said to have begun in Italy at the end of the twelfth century and had spread across Western Europe by the early sixteenth century. Command of classical languages was essential in the public life of the Renaissance man and the medieval approach to letters was superseded. Textual criticism of Biblical studies became an idea no longer suppressed by fear. The influence of these ideas was seen in the editing of texts, the production of translations and the explanation of works which had been edited or translated. A revival of Greek learning was felt to be crucial if a true understanding of classical Latin texts was to be obtained. This approach also influenced the study of the New Testament, originally written by the Apostles in Greek, but which tended to be translated before this period from the Latin Vulgate alone. Scholars such as Erasmus also sought an accurate historical interpretation of what New Testament writings meant to their earliest audiences, rather than interpreting the text through anachronistic scholastic categories of grace and faith, as medieval writers often tended to.
For Erasmus the work was treated first and foremost as a text and he used skills of modern editors to analyse it, assembling manuscripts and variant readings and formulating principles of textual analysis. He had a detached historical attitude to the period of Biblical antiquity.
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