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Controversies with Edward Lee

Controversies with Edward Lee: Volume 72

edited by Jane E. Phillips
translated by Erika Rummel
István Bejczy
Jane E. Phillips
Erika Rummel
Volume: 72
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 2005
  • Book Info
    Controversies with Edward Lee
    Book Description:

    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 theApologia 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 theApologyand theResponses. 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.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7340-3
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
    Jane E. Phillips
  4. Introduction
    (pp. xi-xxvi)
    Erika Rummel

    The controversy between Erasmus and Edward Lee was a product of the ongoing debate over biblical humanism at the University of Louvain. Lee’s position reflects the attitude of Louvain theologians anxious to preserve the traditional curriculum and ill at ease with the programme of language studies offered at the newly founded Collegium Trilingue. Erasmus, whose work made him one of the leading biblical humanists, was not eager to become a lightning rod for the parties in Louvain. His appointment as councillor to Prince Charles, however, obliged him to live within travelling distance of the court at Brussels, and Louvain was...

  5. Erasmus’ Biblical Text
    (pp. xxvii-xxix)
    Jane E. Phillips
  6. Biblical Passages Discussed in Erasmus’ Response to the Annotations of Edward Lee
    (pp. xxx-xxxviii)
  7. AN APOLOGIA IN RESPONSE TO THE TWO INVECTIVES OF EDWARD LEE Apologia qua respondet duabus invectivis Eduardi Lei
    (pp. 1-66)

    ERASMUS OF ROTTERDAM TO THE IMPARTIAL READER, GREETINGS Dear reader, whoever you are, if you have read Edward Lee’s recent polemic against me, I ask you: When has pagan ever inveighed against pagan in more unrestrained fashion than he, a Christian, a priest, and indeed a friend, has inveighed against his fellow-Christian, fellow-priest, and friend? For even now he has not completely renounced his friendship with me.¹ Who has ever read anything more hostile and seditious? Celsus purposely let godless insults fly against the whole life of Christ and his teaching; and Origen battled Celsus in several books.² But how...

  8. A RESPONSE TO THE ANNOTATIONS OF EDWARD LEE Responsio ad annotationes Eduardi Lei
    (pp. 67-421)

    When Edward Lee’s book made its sudden appearance, leaving me speechless, as it were, like someone whom the wolf has seen first,¹ my friends expressed varying opinions. Some thought I should make no reply, others that I should reply in great detail.² The latter were influenced by the belief that others would be deterred from such an act of boldness if this book, which had aroused high expectations because of long-standing boasts, met with a lofty rebuttal. The former were influenced by a number of reasons. First of all, they thought that the entire book was of such a nature...

    (pp. 422-427)
    (pp. 428-432)
  11. Index of Biblical Passages Cited
    (pp. 433-437)
  12. Index of Greek and Latin Words
    (pp. 438-438)
  13. General Index
    (pp. 439-449)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 450-450)