Erasmus and the Greek Text of Revelation

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    Erasmus and the Greek Text of Revelation (Jan Krans)
    This contribution gives an up-to-date scholarly overview of Erasmus’ dealings with the Greek text of Revelation, which stands at the origin of the Textus Receptus of Revelation and its translations. Most of the data and insights provided here are not new, or even recent, but it is worthwhile to present a coherent, critical and evidence-based, narrative report. The importance of such a report is fourfold. First, a larger picture and framework may be useful even for most New Testament textual critics, who probably know hardly more than the anecdote of Erasmus’ retranslation of the final verses of Revelation. Second, the Erasmian text of Revelation deserves to be explained as a whole in terms of occasion, aims, means, capacities, and other factors. Third, some solid counterweight is needed to the vast array of misinformation floating around these days, especially on the Internet, for reasons generally unrelated to scholarship. Fourth, as a case study the report offers insight into sixteenth-century editorial and text-critical practices.
    Period21 May 2020
    Held atIGNTP - New Testament Textual Criticism - Text-Critical Thursdays 2020, United Kingdom
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • Erasmus
    • Textual Criticism
    • Textus Receptus