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Desiderius Erasmus, (1466? - 1536), was a Dutch theologian and scholar, who in 1516, with the help of printer and Reformer, John Froben, published the first non-Latin Vulgate text of the Bible. For centuries Latin was the language of scholarship, and it was widely used amongst the literate. Erasmus' Latin was not the Vulgate translation of Jerome, but his own fresh rendering of the Greek New Testament text that he had collated from six or seven partial New Testament manuscripts into a complete Greek New Testament. His translation has become known as the Textus Receptus, or Received Text. Erasmus' translation from the Greek revealed enormous discrepancies in the Vulgate's integrity amongst the rank and file scholars, many of whom were already convinced that the established church was doomed by virtue of its evil hierarchy.

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