The Letters of St. Jerome - Vol. 1

The Letters of St. Jerome - Vol. 1

The Letters of St. Jerome - Vol. 1

The Letters of St. Jerome - Vol. 1

Synopsis

No other source gives such an intimate portrait of this brilliant and strong minded individual, one of the four great Doctors of the West and generally regarded as the most learned of the Latin Fathers.

Excerpt

The letters of St. Jerome comprise one of the most important collections of epistles in all Latin literature. It is a large collection--over 150 items, some 120 by the Saint himself and the remainder including a number by other notables of the day. Indispensable to the biographer and to the student of Jerome's work, this body of correspondence is also a significant source of information on the world of Jerome and the people in it, on the general social and ecclesiastical life of his time. Jerome's letters are, moreover, stylistically the best of his works.

It is, of course, for his work on Scripture, and especially for his production of the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, that Jerome is best known; but it is from his letters that he himself is known best. No other source gives such an intimate picture of this Saint, one of the four great doctors of the Western Church and generally regarded as the most learned of the Latin Fathers. Here we can see the tireless scholar, the gifted translator and exegete; here we have the great ascetic and promoter of the ascetic life, albeit himself impatient at times and irascible, strong-minded and intransigent, given to exaggeration and free with vituperation; here an uncompromising and outspoken critic of contemporary morals, firm and insistent in his spiritual direction, yet also a man of kindliness and sympathy; here an adviser to the Chair of Peter, strong champion of the primacy of the papacy, staunchly orthodox, frequently in controversy, a powerful and devastating polemicist. Here also are precious details of his life not otherwise known. Jerome was one of the leading figures of his day, widely acquainted as well as widely known, and . . .

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