The Vernacular Paraphrases o f Erasmus in Zurich* by Christine Christ-von Wedel In the year of his death, 1542, Leo Jud published a major work: the transla- tion of all the Paraphrases of Erasmus into German, with a German para- phrase of Revelation to complete the work, written not by Jud, but by Pel- likan, as he himself, Konrad Gessner, and Johannes Jud inform us-' It was printed in a carefully done folio by Froschauer with, for the Paraphrases, an index of proper names and of topics added by Pellikan and with the complete text and illustrations of the Zurich German version of the Bible. Jud, the son of a priest in Alsace, had attended the famous school of Schlettstadt, where scholars like Beatus Rhenanus, Paul Volz, Johannes Sapidus, and Bucer, all of whom exchanged letters with Jud, were educated.' They are, of course, better known as friends and students of Erasmus. There is no hint that Leo Jud himself corresponded with or met the famous human- ist.3 But he certainly was acquainted with the inner circle around Erasmus. Besides Rhenanus, Sapidus, and Volz he also knew Bruno Amerbach.4 In 1519, Huldrych Zwingli, an old friend of
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