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The Monk and the BookJerome and the Making of Christian Scholarship$
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Megan Hale Williams

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226899008

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226899022.001.0001

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The Making of a Christian Writer

The Making of a Christian Writer

(p.25) Chapter One The Making of a Christian Writer
The Monk and the Book
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This chapter examines Jerome's earliest attempts to describe himself as a scholar and an adherent of Christian asceticism. Jerome appears in the literary record as a young Latin ascetic resident in Antioch and its hinterland in the 370s. The letters he wrote during these years show a curious combination of burning enthusiasm for asceticism and self-conscious striving after literary effect. Jerome was both a passionate convert to the new models of Christian renunciation then emerging from the deserts of Egypt and Syria, and a proud product of the best education the Latin West could provide. There are signs that he felt some tension between these two cultures. The general impression, however, is one of harmony, if not of settled purpose.

Keywords:   Saint Jerome, scholar, Christian asceticism, renunciation, Antioch

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