Kaspar von Greyerz, Silvana Seidel Menchi, Martin Wallraff (eds.), Basel 1516: Erasmus’ Edition of the New Testament (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016; Spätmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation. Studies in the Late Middle Ages, Humanism and Reformation, 91). xix, 319 pp. ISBN 978-3-16-154522-1.The fifteen essays collected in the volume here reviewed focus our attention on the Novum Instrumentum within the broad context of historical, cultural, and philosophical movements of the early modern period. Written by senior scholars and proven experts in Erasmus, and finely edited, the essays range widely in subject-matter and scope but never lose sight of the fact that the first printed edition of the Greek text and Latin translation of the New Testament was published in Basel in 1516. Following a clearly written Preface (ix–xix) which rightly anticipates that the scholarly impact of this collection as a whole will be greater than the sum of its parts, the chapters situate the Novum Instrumentum against the background of the Middle Ages, its immediate setting in the Reformation, and its reception within Roman Catholic and Protestant circles.For the purposes of this review the essays are grouped into three types: 1) those that present an état de la question of some aspect of
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