Jerome’s Psalters

Scott Goins

in The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms

Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9780199783335
Published online July 2014 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Jerome’s Psalters

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Eusebius Hieronymus (Jerome), the author of the biblical translation known as the Vulgate, was a saint who led a prayerful, ascetic life. Scholarship and asceticism are evident in Jerome’s literary works, including his letters on the spiritual life. Jerome also combined his scholarly and ascetic passions in his translation of the Psalms. In fact, he translated them three times. The first version was a cursory revision of the Vetus Latina, while the second and third were the Gallican and the Hebrew Psalters, respectively. This article focuses on Jerome’s life, his Vulgate, and his Psalters. It shows that the history of Jerome’s Psalters was a struggle between his prayer and scholarship.

Keywords: Eusebius Hieronymus; Jerome; Vulgate; scholarship; asceticism; translation; Psalms; Vetus Latina; Psalters; prayer

Article.  7084 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies

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