Re: erasmus and rev.

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Sep 06 1999 - 12:04:00 EDT

At 11:27 AM -0700 9/6/99, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>At 08:56 PM 9/5/99 -0400, Kevin W. Woodruff wrote:
>>I was always under the impression that Erasmus had in his work _Annotations
>>on the New Testament_ (Novum Testamentum Annotationes) confessed (forgive me
>>if my Latin is faulty):
>>...quanquam in calce hujus libri, nonulla verba reperi apud nostros, quae
>>aberant in Graecis exemplaribus, ea tamen ex latinis adjecimus."
>>and that Erasmus called the manuscript his "exemplar vetustissimum"
>Please forgive me if my Latin is non-existant. What do the above quotes say?

(a) " ... although at the end of this book I found several words in "ours"
(presumably "our versions"), which were missing in the Greek copies/MSS;
these however I have added from the Latin (copies/versions/MSS)."

(b) "exemplar vetustissimum" = "a very old copy/MS" (I surely wouldn't
convert this to "the oldest copy/MS" although in the right context it could
mean that.).

Carl W. Conrad
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