Among Erasmus of Rotterdam’s many influential treatises on theology during the early Reformation, Exomologesis (1524; revised 1530) and Ecclesiastes (1535) stand out as two of his most significant.
Exomologesis, or The Manner of Confessing, in which Erasmus articulated his views on the true manner of Christian confession, was sufficiently controversial that he published an expanded version with concessions and clarifications six years later. Ecclesiastes, or The Method of Preaching, was an extensive exposition on how to employ scripture, the writings of Church Fathers, and classic rhetoric to reinvigorate the practice of preaching. This innovative work ushered in a new genre of homiletic treatises that supplanted medieval preaching manuals and paved the way for what has been called “the age of eloquence.”
The Collected Works of Erasmus presents these two important works, complete with extensive introductions and annotations, in an elegant and precise two-volume modern translation for the first time.
Volumes 67 and 68 of the Collected Works of Erasmus series – Two-volume set.
About the authors
Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536), a Dutch humanist, Catholic priest, and scholar, was one of the most influential Renaissance figures. A professor of divinity and Greek, Erasmus wrote, taught, and travelled, meeting with Europe’s foremost scholars. A prolific author, Erasmus wrote on both ecclesiastic and general human interest subjects.
Alexander Dalzell is professor emeritus in the Department of Classics at Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Frederick J. McGinness is a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College.
Michael J. Heath is an emeritus professor in the Department of French at King’s College London.
James L.P. Butrica† was a professor of classics at Memorial University.
‘The University of Toronto Press has produced a beautiful series of writings by the prince of the humanists. They are attractively formatted, sturdily bound, and extensively annotated.’
Sixteenth Century Journal vol 48:02:2017
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Modern Language Notes
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Erasmus Studies vol 36:2016
Other titles by Desiderius Erasmus
Correspondence of Erasmus
Letters 2082 to 2203
Literary and Educational Writings, 1 and 2
Paraphrase on the Gospel of Matthew
Adages IV iii 1 to V ii 51
Collected Works of Erasmus
Controversies with Alberto Pio
Collected Works of Erasmus
Paraphrase on Luke
The Edition of St Jerome, Volume 61
The Correspondence of Erasmus
Letters 1356 to 1534, Volume 10
Literary and Educational Writings, 3 and 4
Volume 3: De conscribendis epistolis / Formula / De civilitate. Volume 4: De pueris instituendis / De recta pronuntiatione, Volume 25-26