“By a Carpenter humanity was made, and only by that Carpenter can
humanity be remade.”
“Give light, and the darkness will disappear by itself.”
“In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”
“It is the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch
the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.”
“The human person’s mind is so formed that it is far more
susceptible to falsehood than to truth.”
“The desire to write grows with writing.”
“The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.”
“What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s
cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects,
provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the
philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?”
“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy
food and clothes.”
Enchiridion militis Christiani (1503);
trans. by Wm. Tyndale, The Manuell of the Christen Knyght
Annotationes in Novum Testamentum (1516).
Erasmus published the first Greek New Testament in 1516 (1st ed.,
followed by four others) which was the foundation for the Textus
Receptus, which underlies the Authorized Version.
Paraphrases in Novum Testamentum (1517);
trans. Paraphrase of Erasmus upon the Newe Testamente
Ratio verae theologiae (1519).
De libero arbitrio diatribe (1524).
Hyperaspistes diatribae adversus servum arbitrium
Martini Lutheri (1526).
Collections And Translations
Opera omnia, emendatiora et auctiora,
10 vol. in 11, ed. by Jean Leclerq (1703–06, reprinted 1961–62),
remains the most complete and authoritative among the early editions.
Opera omnia Desiderii Erasmi Roterodami: recognita
et adnotatione critica instructa notisque illustrata (1969–
) is a modern critical and annotated edition by an international
team of scholars, under the auspices of the Royal Academy of The
Netherlands. The multivolume edition is arranged not chronologically
but according to the canon laid down by Erasmus himself.
Opus epistolarum Des. Erasmi Roterdami,
ed. by P. S. Allen, 12 vol. (1906–58), is a standard edition
of the correspondence of Erasmus, whose letters are indispensable
for any understanding of his work.
Collected Works of Erasmus (1974–
), ongoing series by the University of Toronto Press.
The “Adages” of Erasmus: A Study
with Translations, by Margaret Mann Phillips (1964).
The Colloquies of Erasmus, trans. by
Craig R. Thompson (1965).
LB = Opera omnia, ed. J. Clericus, 11 Vols.
H = Ausgewählte Werke, ed. Hajo Holborn
and Annemaire Holborn, Munish, C. H. Beck, 1964.
Boyle, Marjorie O’Rourke. The Grammar
of Method: A Theological Study of Erasmus’ Renaissance, Especially
as manifested in his Ratio seu methodus compendio perveniendri at
veram theologiam. Toronto 1974.
Boyle, Marjorie O’Rourke. Erasmus on
Language and Method in Theology. Toronto/Buffalo: University
of Toronto Press, 1978.