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Author: Thomas E. Hunt
In Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity Thomas E. Hunt argues that Jerome developed a consistent theology of language and the human body that inflected all of his writing projects. In doing so, the book challenges and recasts the way that this important figure in Late Antiquity has been understood. This study maps the first seven years of Jerome’s time in Bethlehem (386–393). Treating his commentaries on Paul, his hagiography, his controversy with Jovinian, his correspondence with Augustine, and his translation of Hebrew, the book shows Jerome to be immersed in the exciting and dangerous currents moving through late antique Christianity.
Author: Thomas E. Hunt

Abstract

Writing and preaching at Rome in the 390s, Jovinian argued that ascetic Christianity was based on a heretical denial of the good of God’s creation. This article points out that conformity to nature (natura) was a key element of Jovinian’s teaching as it comes down to us through Jerome. Jovinian taught that marriage was a part of human nature and demonstrably good as part of God’s creation. The word natura was also important in Jerome’s arguments against Jovinian. To refute Jovinian, Jerome offered a vision of human nature based not in empirical observation, nor in social custom, but in the actions of the incarnate Christ. In so doing, he challenged notions of human nature and social custom circulating in contemporary Rome.

In: Vigiliae Christianae
In: Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity
In: Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity
In: Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity
In: Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity
In: Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity
In: Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity
In: Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity