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Introduction

in The Monk and the Book

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226899008
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226899022 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226899022.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to interpret Saint Jerome's career as a biblical scholar and Christian writer within its immediate historical context, in the last decades of the fourth and the first decades of the fifth centuries. Jerome himself, seen through the lens of his own writings, is be the focus of attention. Taking advantage of progress in the historiography of the period, and of innovations in the history of scholarship in general, it proposes new interpretations of Jerome's scholarship that promise to remove enduring obstacles to understanding this major figure in the Western tradition. The chapter then discusses changes in the Roman world that created a new Roman culture; the emergence of Christian commentary on scripture; a brief biography of Saint Jerome; and studies of Jerome's scholarship.

Keywords: Saint Jerome; Christian writer; Roman culture; Christian commentary; biblical scholar; scholarship

Chapter.  9287 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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