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Symposium to Focus on Life and Works of Erasmus

Henderson, Tennessee - Nov 01, 2018

The Freed-Hardeman University Graduate School of Theology will host a research symposium dealing with the life and works of Desiderius Erasmus Rotterdamus Friday, Nov. 2. Sessions will begin at 8:30am and continue through the afternoon in Ayers Auditorium.

The symposium will feature lectures by Dr. Darren T. Williamson, adjunct instructor of history at Simon Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. He is the founder and director of the Campbell Institute of Theological Education in Corvallis, Oregon. He is a 2005 graduate with a Ph.D. in Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern European History from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. His doctoral dissertation deals with Erasmus’ influence on anabaptism. Williamson is also the preaching minister for the Keizer Church of Christ in Keizer, Oregon.

Two members of the FHU Bible faculty, Dr. Rick Brumback and Dr. Doug Burleson, will also present lectures. Brumback, associate professor, holds a Ph.D. in early church history from Baylor University and Burleson, assistant dean of the College of Biblical Studies, holds a Ph.D. in Greek from New Orleans Theological Seminary.

Dutch Catholic scholar Erasmus published the first of his five editions of the Greek-Latin New Testament in 1516. The third edition of Erasmus’ Greek New Testament (1522) was used by William Tyndale in his English translation and influenced other English translations, including the King James Version of 1611. Along with his influence on the history of the English, Greek and Latin New Testaments, Erasmus wrote on a number of other topics related specifically to Christian discipleship or human advancement in general. In addition to his five editions of the Greek New Testament (1516-1535), the symposium will highlight Erasmus’ Handbook of the Christian Soldier (1501) and Paraphrases on the New Testament (1517-1524).

David and Paula Tarbet have placed on loan to FHU a 1522 Erasmus New Testament, third edition, and two Paraphrases (commentaries) by Erasmus. Previously, the couple had donated their collection of rare Bibles and other manuscripts dating from the 1500s and 1600’s to the university. In part, the availability of the Erasmus materials determined the subject of this year’s symposium. The Tarbets will be recognized for their generosity during the symposium.

Online registration is required ( for guests, FHU students, faculty and staff. There is no cost for attending the symposium; however, there is a $10 charge for the luncheon. Guests who plan to attend it may pay online when they register.