Thursday, September 30, 2010

Feast of Saint Jerome

Today is the Feast of St. Jerome who is best known for his translation of the Hebrew books of the Bible into Latin, termed as the Vulgate.

Jerome was born into a Christian family, most likely in 342. At a young age, he was sent to Rome for his education and studied the classical authors, from which he developed a love for literature; at about the age of thirty, he spent five years as a monk in the desert of Calcis. He was ordained a priest in the East by Bishop Paulinus, and became the secretary of Pope Damasus. St. Jerome did not actively exercise his priestly office, however, instead preferring to remain a monk and scholar.

While he is most frequently remembered for his Vulgate, Jerome was a prolific writer, and wrote many commentaries on Scripture.

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