By John C. Olin

Olin's concentration during this choice of essays is the old interval of the early 16th century, the juncture of the Renaissance and the Reformation. offering an in-depth replacement to the traditional therapy - so usually constrained to the classical revival - this paintings matters itself with the original hyperlink among humanism and the nice literary works of the interval, and, specifically, the patristic scholarship inherent in Erasmus' beliefs of reform. Olin in particular keep in mind the activities of recent studying and Humanism defining the cultural holiday among Medieval scholasticism and the renaissance of curiosity within the literature of antiquity.

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59 He ridiculed the notion that he had not read Augustine. He "was the author I read first of them all," he declared, " . . '' He then launched into a comparison of Jerome with Augustine, rehearsing Jerome's advantages at every point of the wayin birthplace, education, early Christian upbringing, long years devoted to the study of Holy Scripture. And he especially stressed that Jerome knew Greek. " This deficiency obviously was of decisive importance for the great humanist. 60 His reasons however were different from Eck's and dogmatically rooted.

By 1500, soon after his return to the continent from a memorable trip to England where he had met John Colet at Oxford and the young Thomas More, Erasmus went to work on a project to restore and edit the letters of Jerome and write a commentary on them. It is his first major enterprise. He had now determined to devote himself to sacred literature and to the reform of theology, and the Jerome project was an essential part of that larger program. He explains his intentions in several letters in late 1500 and early 1501.

The double shelf of books, however, is there within reach of the scholar, and Jerome is seated at his desk also with pen in hand writing in a large copy book. Although his dress is different and his head is capped by a gilded halo, his bearing and his visage are almost identical to Erasmus'. He too is pondering what he writes.  Jerome in his Study by Antonio da Fabriano (fifteenth century). Reproduced by permission of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Page 4 the subject of his thought, and a scroll of paper or parchment with writing on it hangs from the bookshelf just above it.

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