Herculean Labours: Erasmus and the Editing of St. Jerome's Letters in the Renaissance

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Brill, 2008 - History - 389 pages
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The first monograph in English on Erasmus of Rotterdam as an editor of St. Jerome, this book belongs to the growing scholarship on the reception of the Church Fathers in early modern Europe. Erasmus, like other Renaissance humanists, particularly admired Jerome (d. 419 or 420), and he expressed his admiration most conspicuously in his edition of Jeromea (TM)s letters. Proclaiming his editorial Herculean labours, Erasmus energetically promoted himself and his publication. Erasmusa (TM) self-promotion cannot be reduced to a secular appropriation of Jerome, however. A detailed examination of a variety of editorial interventions demonstrates Erasmusa (TM) religious purpose, his debt to previous editorial traditions as well as his editorial novelty, and his influence on subsequent sixteenth-century editions of Jerome.

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Hilmar M. Pabel, Ph.D. (1992) in History, Yale University, is Professor of History at Simon Fraser University. He has published widely on the religious thought of Erasmus of Rotterdam, including Conversing with God: Prayer in Erasmus' Pastoral Writings (Toronto, 1997).

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