Diego López de Zúñiga (theologian)

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To be distinguished from Diego de Zúñiga of Salamanca (1536–1597)

Diego López de Zúñiga, Latin: Jacobus Lopis Stunica (died 1531 in Naples) was a Spanish humanist and biblical scholar noted for his controversies with Erasmus and Lefèvre d'Etaples[1] and leadership of the team of editors for the Complutensian Polyglot Bible. He was born around 1470 in Extremadura, to an aristocratic family; his brother Juan de Zúñiga was a diplomat for Charles V of Spain.

He was a pupil of Arias Barbosa at the University of Salamanca.[2] In 1502 Cardinal Jiménez de Cisneros recruited him for the team that would produce the Complutensian Polyglot.[3]

López de Zúñiga controverted Erasmus on a number of points of Biblical translation. A contemporary view is that, while at times he defended the Latin Vulgate excessively, he made valid points in some other cases and showed up deficiencies of Erasmus who lacked the same command of Hebrew and Aramaic.[4]


  1. ^ Desiderius Erasmus Opera omnia: Recognita et adnotatione critica instructa notisque ... 1983 "Little, though not - as Bataillon wrote50 - nothing, is known of the life of Jacobus Lopis Stunica, whose Spanish name was Diego López de Zúñiga, until the period of his controversies with Lefèvre d'Etaples and Erasmus which he ."
  2. ^ Basil Hall, Humanists and Protestants 1500–1900 (1990), p. 20 note 69.
  3. ^ Erika Rummel (2008). Biblical Humanism and Scholasticism in the Age of Erasmus. BRILL. p. 74. ISBN 978-90-04-14573-3. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Hall, pp. 76–7.