Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

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A major figure of the Reformation period, Erasmus, a Christian humanist, sought to bring about reforms in the church through a return to scholarly study of both the Scriptures and the texts of the Greek and Latin and Latin classical tradition. One of Erasmus’s major undertakings was the production of a Greek New Testament. Erasmus is significant in that he provided the tools that Reformers such as Luther and Calvin used in their efforts to interpret the NT on the basis of the Greek text and to carry on their theological work (from Pocket Dictionary of the Theological Terms).

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