Erasmus’ Commentary on Psalm 2

Allan K. Jenkins


Erasmus' failure to master Hebrew raises the question of
how his ad fontes approach to biblical interpretation applied to the Old
Testament. His 76-page 'commentary' on Psalm 2 shows that he does make use of
Hebrew, though his insights are derivative, mostly from Jerome or Augustine. In
some places, however, he bases his exposition on the LXX and, where this differs
from the Hebrew, on both. Erasmus reads the psalm as applying to Christ rather
than David, and his philological scholarship is used to serve his interpretative
aim of contemporary application in accordance with his 'philosophy of Christ'.

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