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Expositions of the Psalms

Expositions of the Psalms

Edited by Dominic Baker-Smith
Volume: 65
Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 352
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    Expositions of the Psalms
    Book Description:

    Consisting of Erasmus' commentary on psalms 38, 83, and 14, this is the third and final volume of theExpositions of the Psalmsin the Collected Works of Erasmus.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-9868-0
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. List of Illustrations
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. xi-xxvi)
    Dominic Baker-Smith

    The full range and the implications of Erasmus’ engagement with the Psalms are discussed in the Introduction to cwe 63. The three works contained in this third and final volume of his expositions of the Psalms date from the closing years of his career, a time when in spite of age his creative energies showed no signs of flagging and could still rise to the remarkable achievement of theEcclesiastesin 1535. The dedication ofEnarratio psalmi38 to Bishop Stanislaus Thurzo was written in February 1532, and theDe sarcienda ecclesiae concordia, an exposition of Psalm 83, was dedicated...

  5. AN EXPOSITION OF PSALM 38 Enarratio Psalmi 38
    (pp. 1-124)

    When Erasmus wrote his commentary on Psalm 38 in Freiburg early in 1532, he was fulfilling an undertaking made to his friend Caspar Ursinus Velius to dedicate another work to Stanislaus Thurzo, the bishop of Olmütz (present-day Olomouc in Moravia) from 1499 until 1540.¹ Although Erasmus had never met Thurzo, the bishop and his brother Johannes, bishop of Breslau, had been known to him for many years as patrons of learning whose episcopal courts had become centres of humanism. It was Thurzo, however, who had first made contact with Erasmus, in 1521, through their mutual friend Ursinus, and Erasmus replied...

  6. ON MENDING THE PEACE OF THE CHURCH De sarcienda ecclesiae concordia
    (pp. 125-216)

    The genesis of theDe sarcienda ecclesiae concordia‘On Mending the Peace of the Church’ may go back to 1530 and the attempt of the Diet of Augsburg to find a solution to the continuing religious crisis. Despite the hopes of many that he would lend support to the Diet, Erasmus had made excuses and declined to attend. But even if at times he despaired, the issue of the split in the church could never have been far from his mind. Indeed, Erika Rummel has seen in his correspondence an indication that some of the material which would become the...

  7. AN EXPOSITION OF PSALM 14 ON THE PURITY OF THE TABERNACLE OR OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH Enarratio psalmi 14 qui est de puritate tabernaculi sive ecclesiae christianae
    (pp. 217-268)

    Erasmus’ commentary on Psalm 14,On the Purity of the Tabernacle or of the Christian Church, was the last of his psalm commentaries, indeed the last of his works, to be written. It was published in January 1536, only six months before he died. He wrote it for his friend Christoph Eschenfelder, a customs officer at Boppard on the Rhine who had long been an enthusiastic admirer of Erasmus even before they met in September 1518 when Erasmus was travelling down the Rhine. Their friendship and correspondence (part of which is lost) continued until Erasmus’ death. In a letter dated...

    (pp. 270-271)
    (pp. 272-276)
  10. Index of Biblical and Apocryphal References
    (pp. 277-288)
  11. General Index
    (pp. 289-299)