Thursday, January 26, 2017
Article: Erasmus Anecdotes
I have two articles and two book reviews that appear in the January 2017 issue of the Puritan Reformed Journal (Vol. 9, No. 1). You can order this issue of the journal here.
I just posted the “Erasmus Anecdotes” article to academia.edu (find it here). In the article I question the reliability of two frequently told scholarly anecdotes related to Erasmus’ Novum Instrumentum: (1) the “rush to print” anecdote; and (2) the “rash wager” anecdote [related to the inclusion of the Comma Johanneum in the third edition]. I also point out that these anecdotes began to circulate during the nineteenth century in order to undermine and diminish the authority of the Textus Receptus.
The article is a revision of a paper I delivered at the Eastern regional meeting of the SBL last year (there is an audio version here).
Perhaps it will help in checking the assumption and repetition of these legendary stories.