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The reputation of Erasmus as an editor of Jerome survived into the early modern and modern periods despite the attempts of Peter Canisius and especially of Mariano Vittori to dislodge his influence. Even when later editors called his skills into question, they did not do so for confessional reasons. Editors of Jerome in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries had to contend with the legacy of Erasmus just as their predecessors did in the second half of the sixteenth century. Erasmus occupies a prominent place in Vallarsi's survey of editing Jerome from the manuscript collections of the Church Father's works to Martianay. Judging by the publishing efforts of subsequent sixteenth-century editors, we can say that Erasmus perpetuated the Renaissance image of Jerome the Christian scholar. He contributed to the practice of reading Jerome into the modern era, and his Herculean labours are still on offer for scholars to assess.

Keywords: Christian scholar; Church Father; Erasmus; Herculean labours; Jerome; Renaissance image; Vallarsi's survey

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