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The Letters of Jerome: Asceticism, Biblical Exegesis, and the Construction of Christian Authority in Late Antiquity

Andrew Cain


In the centuries following his death, Jerome was venerated as a saint and as one of the four Doctors of the Latin church. In his own lifetime, however, he was a severely marginalized figure whose intellectual and spiritual authority did not go unchallenged, at times not even by those in his inner circle. His ascetic theology was rejected by the vast majority of Christian contemporaries, his Hebrew scholarship was called into question by the leading biblical authorities of the day, and the reputation he cultivated as a pious monk was compromised by allegations of moral impropriety with some of ... More

Keywords: Jerome, asceticism, exegesis, Bible, letters, authority, late antiquity, self‐presentation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563555
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Cain, author
Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado
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