Humanist Scholarship and Editorial Guidance

Arnoud S. Q. Visser

in Reading Augustine in the Reformation

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765935
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895168 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Humanist Scholarship and Editorial Guidance

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This chapter examines Erasmus's edition of Augustine's collected works (Basel 1528–9) to illuminate the interaction between humanist scholarship and the Reformation. The most widely disseminated version of Augustine in the sixteenth century, Erasmus's edition offered not just a thorough critical revision of the Augustinian canon, but also some surprisingly open reservations about the church father's works. This chapter explores the editorial guidance of Erasmus and Juan Luis Vives, the commentator of the City of God. It argues that Erasmus's humanist perspective on textual criticism and his theological agenda guided—and at times misguided—his editorial practice, such as in the assessment of authenticity. The result was an edition in which Augustine's works were framed by a highly ideological textual apparatus, which proved especially controversial in post-Tridentine Catholic circles.

Keywords: Augustine of Hippo; Erasmus of Rotterdam; humanist scholarship; history of philology; pseudepigraphy; Juan Luis Vives

Chapter.  7185 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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