incredible Glassius analysis of misplaced grammar and article arguments

Steven Avery

Early discussions on article concepts similar to the later Granville Sharp stuff.
Not including Erasmus and Beza, who are handled separately.


Salomo Glassius (1593-1656)

Christian Noldius (1626-1683)

check for the right Rambach - it was long ago in 1834 so it is more likely:
Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735),_1693)
or possibly
Johann Jakob Rambach - (1737-1818),_1737)
August Jacob Rambach (1777-1851)

Augustinus Dathus (Dalthus)
Agostino Dati (1420-1478)


Theological Repository (1784)
p. 374-380

This article is sent in by "Erasmus" and covers Glassius and Noldius.

Granville Sharp had started up with his nonsense in 1778,.
1778 letter - p. 1-24 (not sure if it was published anywhere at that time, and it may have a lot of back-editing.)
Glassius, in his Philologia Sacra, Lib. 3. Tractat. ii. makes the following his Third Canon. False hypotheses and errors may easily arise, and be introduced by a nice and needless attention to the Article.

In his enlargement upon this canon, he observes, that the article very frequently, nay, most usually, is destitute of emphasis ; that no stress can or ought to be laid upon the presence or absence of it, for the proof of any doctrine ; and that, therefore, certain rules respecting it, which he mentions afterwards (and which follow) rest on a very slippery foundation. ...

Didymus Alexandrinus ...
Origen ...
Asterius, the friend of Arius ...
Athanasius quotes Asterius
Photinians and some early church writers

(Socinius ,a certain rule ..) ****
Bellarmine and Antichrist
Joseph Scaliger
Christian Noldius

Notice how some of these are ECW!


The Biblical Repository, Volume 4 (1834)
Prof. Stuart on the Greek article

Glass and Rambach long ago called in question the rule that we have now been examining; and Winer and Matthiae have most fully shown how small a claim it has upon our acknowledgment.


Barry Hofstetter
The same source on b-Latin turned up a quotation from Carlo Passaglia, (19th century) who cites Augustinus Dathius (or Dathus) with a nearly identical statement. If the attribution is correct, it's quite significant, since Dathus is a 15th-early 16th century figure (a contemporary of Erasmus). It's quite possible that Glassius was using Dathus without attribution.


Carlo Passaglia (1850)

Passaglia and Dathus.jpg


In 2011 some of Glassius material was discussed on the B-Latin Yahoogroup forum.
That has a Glassius pun and other material.
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