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Country Code GB
Repository Code 231
Repository University of Aberdeen Special Libraries and Archives
Reference GB231/MS 11
Title Jerome: Epistolae
Dates 12th century
Access Status Open
Access Conditions The records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Description Jerome: 126 letters; letter to him from Pope Damasus, 12th century.
Level Fonds
Extent 0.06 linear metres
Admin History Saint Jerome, Roman name Sophronius Eusebius Hieronymus, was born around 347 (or possibly 340) in Stridon on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia. He studied in Rome, Trier and Aquileia then travelled to Antioch. It was at Antioch, in 375, that he experienced a vision in which he was reproved by Christ and which led him to abandon all scholarship except scriptural studies. After a period living as an ascetic in the desert he returned to Antioch, was ordained, and then went to Constantinople to study. In 382, Jerome went to Rome and became papal secretary. His knowledge of scripture meant he was in demand as a spiritual advisor and translator of the Bible. He was, however, unpopular with some because of his criticism of the secular clergy and in 386 went to a monastery in Bethlehem. He continued his prolific literary activities writing works on the Bible, historical works and contributing to various theological controversies. He also wrote the Life of Paul the First Hermit and the Life of Malchus. He worked on exegesis of the Old Testament, taking most of his material from Origen, and became interested in Hebrew. He made a list of grossly inaccurate definitions of Hebrew names and commented on the harder passages of Genesis. In 391 he began his new translation of the Bible which came to be known as the Vulgate. He completed it in 405, but carried on working on the Life of Hilarion and De Viris Illustribus. He remained in Bethlehem until his death in 420. His works were used more for scholastic than monastic theology, but he was valued as a model of asceticism and as a letter-writer.
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Creator Name Author: Jerome; Saint (347-420); Christian scholar
Unknown scribe.
Finding Aids See M. R. James, 'A Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in the University Library Aberdeen' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1932)
Physical Description No physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Language Latin
Associated Persons
NA16530Jerome Saint
NA15903Thomas Reid

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