Jerome’s Position on Pilgrimage: Vacillating between Support and Reservations


in Encountering the Sacred

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931121 | DOI:
Jerome’s Position on Pilgrimage: Vacillating between Support and Reservations

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Jerome came to Palestine accompanied by several monks and upper class enthusiastic female ascetics, leaving behind in Rome a path of anger and criticism directed toward his monastic way of life and his intellectual activity. From the beginning, Jerome had no intention of merely visiting Palestine, as was the practice of most other pilgrims from monastic circles in this period, but planned to remain permanently. Jerome revealed himself as an enthusiastic pilgrim from the moment he reached Palestine. Jerome's pilgrimage Letter was written to console Eustochium upon the death of her mother Paula. Although Jerome stated that he had no intention of writing a detailed account and wished to note “only those places mentioned in the Holy Scriptures,” the letter nevertheless contains a systematic survey of the holy sites he claimed they visited and a description of their personal encounter with those places.

Keywords: Jerome; pilgrims; Eustochium; Holy Scriptures; Paula

Chapter.  18912 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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