Jerome of Stridon

His Life, Writings and Legacy

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  • Edited by Andrew Cain, University of Colorado, USA and Josef Lössl, Cardiff University, UK
  • This book assembles eighteen studies by internationally renowned scholars that epitomize the latest and best advances in research on the greatest polymath in Latin Christian antiquity, Jerome of Stridon (c.346–420) traditionally known as "Saint Jerome." It is divided into three sections which explore topics such as the underlying motivations behind Jerome's work as a hagiographer, letter-writer, theological controversialist, translator and exegete of the Bible, his linguistic competence in Greek, Hebrew, and Syriac, his relations to contemporary Jews and Judaism as well as to the Greek and Latin patristic traditions, and his reception in both the East and West in late antiquity down through the Protestant Reformation. Familiar debates are re-opened, hitherto uncharted terrain is explored, and problems old and new are posed and solved with the use of innovative methodologies. This monumental volume is an indispensable resource not only for specialists on Jerome but also for students and scholars who cultivate interests broadly in the history, religion, society, and literature of the late antique Christian world.
  • Contents: Introduction, Andrew Cain and Josef Lössl; Part I Hagiography, Letters, Heresy, and the Man: Inventing an ascetic hero: Jerome's Life of Paul the First Hermit, Stefan Rebenich; Sur trois lettres méconnues de Jérôme concernant son séjour à Rome (382–385), Yves-Marie Duval; Tertullian in Jerome's Consolation to Heliodorus (Ep.60), Neil Adkin; Rethinking Jerome's portraits of holy women, Andrew Cain; Le Dialogus Attici et Critobuli de Jérôme et la prédication Pélagienne en Palentine entre 411 et 415, Benôit Jeanjean; Jerome on Jeremiah: exegesis and recovery, Philip Rousseau. Part II The Science of Scripture: Philology, Exegesis, and Translation: Jerome, Tobit, alms and the vita aeterna, Danuta Shanzer; La figure des deux larrons chez Jérôme, Régis Courtray; The rabbinic Vulgate?, John Cameron; How should we measure Jerome's Hebrew competence?, Hillel I. Newman; Jerome keeping silent: Origen and his exegesis of Isaiah, Alfons Fürst; L' In Zachariam de Jérôme et la tradition Alexandrine, Aline Canellis; The significance of Jerome's Commentary on Galatians in his exegetical production, Giacomo Raspanti. Part III Reception: Fifth Through Sixteenth Centuries: The raven replies: Ambrose's Letter to the Church at Vercelli (Ep.ex.coll.14) and the criticisms of Jerome, David G. Hunter; The use and misuse of Jerome in Gaul during late antiquity, Ralph Mathisen; Vir quadrilinguis? Syriac in Jerome and Jerome in Syriac, Daniel King; Jerome and the Jeromanesque, Mark Vessey; Martin Luther's Jerome: new evidence for a changing attitude, Josef Lössl; Bibliography; Index
  • About the Editor: Andrew Cain is Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Colorado, USA. Josef Lössl is Reader in Patristics and Late Antiquity, and Director, Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture, School of Religious and Theological Studies, Cardiff University, UK.
  • Reviews: ‘… the latest in an ongoing tradition of conference proceedings on Jerome; it forms an admirably compelling addition to this tradition and will doubtless exert a strong influence over subsequent work.’ Journal of Theological Studies