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:

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This chapter discusses the internal dynamics of Jerome's cultural program and evaluates its larger historical, or even intellectual, significance. Everything that Jerome did, thought, and wrote was shaped by the tension between the classical literary culture of the imperial elite, and the ascetic Christian focus on the Bible that emerged in its shadow. Others in his day articulated similar tensions in different terms. Some of them were more influential than Jerome. Nevertheless, Jerome's life and work, viewed as a cultural program, impresses upon the observer a sense of coherence, even monumentality.

Keywords: Saint Jerome; cultural program; Bible; imperial elite; asceticism; literary culture

Chapter.  2650 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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