Erasmian Myths: The Rush to Print

By | 2017-09-10T09:49:27+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Categories: Erasmus Myths|

One of the more pernicious myths circulating about Erasmus concerns the quality of his Greek New Testament.  The story goes that it was filled with errors because Erasmus was rushing to print.  This myth was decimated by the eminent scholar Dr. M. A. Screech back in 1986 in his introduction to the Annotations of Erasmus.  Below are excerpts from that introduction which is almost impossible to acquire.  Dr. Jeffrey Riddle deals with this myth […]

Follow Up: Codex Montfortianus, Erasmus, and 1 John 5:7

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, Greek Language, Post Slider on Main Page|Tags: , , , , , , |

In a previous article I addressed the issue of Codex Montfortianus and Erasmus and showed that the so called “British” Codex that Erasmus used could not be Codex Montfortianus.  I was pleased to find out that Dr. White responded to my article during his Dividing Line on June 16.  However, his comments were not as helpful as I had hoped.  He has completely missed the point of my post and did not address […]

NT Manuscripts Made to Order (Erasmus and I Jn5.7)

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, Greek Language, history, Home Page Slider, Post Slider on Main Page, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , , , |

It is commonly known that Erasmus did not include a large section of 1 John 5:7 in the 1st and 2nd Editions of his Greek New Testament.  This is the so called Comma Johanneum,  “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (KJV) Despite being accepted as Scripture by Christians for millenia, Erasmus did not include it because he could not […]

Erasmian Myths: Revelation Back Translated from the Vulgate?

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Erasmus, Erasmus Myths|Tags: , , , |

One of the more notorious myths about Erasmus is that he backtranslated the last 6 verses of the book of Revelation.  There are many articles on the internet purporting to prove conclusively that Erasmus did in fact back translate from the Latin Vulgate the last few verses of Revelation.  However, this makes little sense when one takes into account Erasmus’ refusal to utilize portions of Codex Vaticanus that were provided to him, because of his […]

Erasmian Myths: Codex Vaticanus

By | 2016-05-20T15:27:31+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, history|Tags: , , , , |

Erasmus & Codex Vaticanus

[Part 1:  Erasmus & the Comma Johanneum]

In part 2 of our series, The Erasmian Myths, we will deal with the oft repeated, but never proven claim, that Erasmus didn’t have access to Codex Vaticanus, but if he did he would have used it.  But this claim has no foundation in reality.  Did he have access to Codex Vaticanus?  And what was his opinion of this […]

Erasmian Myths: The Comma Wager

By | 2017-04-02T10:01:18+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, history, James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , |

Erasmian Myths

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Erasmus Greek New Testament and his Latin translation.  And next week at Houston Baptist University there will be a conference on Erasmus and his work.  In light of this, I present the following 4 post series on the biggest myths about Erasmus.  If you listened to evangelical promoters of textual criticism, then you’ve probably heard a few, if not all […]