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Expositions of the Psalms, Collected Works of Erasmus, Volume 65 (Desiderius Erasmus Dominic Baker-Smith (ed) Michael J Heath (trans)) Hardcover Book, (University of Toronto Press, 1997) 9780802099792
Expositions of the Psalms, Collected Works of Erasmus, Volume 65 (Desiderius Erasmus Dominic Baker-Smith (ed) Michael J Heath (trans)) Hardcover Book, (University of Toronto Press, 1997) 9780802099792
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Title: Expositions of the Psalms, Collected Works of Erasmus, Volume 65

Author: Erasmus, Desiderius Dominic Baker-Smith (ed) Michael J Heath (trans)

Publisher: U of Toronto Press; Publication Date: 1997

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780802099792

Volumes: 1; Pages: 480

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Between 1515 and 1533 Erasmus wrote commentaries on eleven psalms. His principal aim was, as in his Paraphrases, to contribute, through the exposition of the Bible, to the renewal of preaching and devotional literature. This is the first of three volumes of the Expositions of the Psalms in the Collected Works of Erasmus. It contains the commentaries 'Blessed the Man' / 'Beatus vir,' 'Why Did the Nations Rage?' / 'Quare fremuerunt gentes?,' 'O Lord, How Have My Tormentors Multiplied?' / 'Domine quid multiplicati?,' and 'A Sermon on the Fourth Psalm' / 'In psalmum quartum concio.'The commentaries in this volume recall many of Erasmus' favourite preoccupations and themes: his concern with Christian ethics; his constant exhortation to readers to practise the philosophia Christi and place their trust in God; the importance of exercising, in deeds rather than merely in words, charity towards those less fortunate than oneself, and the need to avoid vanity and falsehood at every turn. Erasmus stresses the role of the psalms as a comfort in tribulation and an exhortation to piety--in the very specific meaning that he gives to that word. He remains ever concerned about how the psalms relate to each individual in the conduct of his or her life.The introduction by Dominic Baker-Smith provides an important framework for the understanding and appreciation of all three volumes of the Expositions of the Psalms.ContentsEnarratio in primum psalmum, 'Beatus vir' / Commentarius in psalmum 2, 'Quare fremuerunt gentes' / Paraphrasis in tertium psalmum, 'Domine quid multiplicati' / In psalmum quartum concio
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