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The Monk and the Book: Jerome and the Making of Christian Scholarship

Megan Hale Williams


In the West, monastic ideals and scholastic pursuits are complementary; monks are popularly imagined copying classics, preserving learning through the Middle Ages, and establishing the first universities. But this dual identity is not without its contradictions. While monasticism emphasizes the virtues of poverty, chastity, and humility, the scholar, by contrast, requires expensive infrastructure—a library, a workplace, and the means of disseminating his work. This book argues that Saint Jerome was the first to represent biblical study as a mode of asceticism appropriate for an inhabitant of a ... More

Keywords: poverty, humility, monks, chastity, Middle Ages, biblical study, Hebrew scriptures, monasticism, scholarship, Saint Jerome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226899008
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226899022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Hale Williams, author