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St. Jerome's Commentaries on Galatians, Titus, and Philemon

Thomas P. Scheck

Publication Year: 2010

St. Jerome (347–420) was undoubtedly one of the most learned of the Latin Church Fathers. He mastered nearly the entirety of the antecedent Christian exegetical and theological tradition, both Greek and Latin, and he knew Hebrew and Aramaic. We have the fruit of that knowledge in his most famous editorial achievement, the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible. Declared “the greatest doctor in explaining the Scriptures” by the Council of Trent, Jerome has been regarded by the Latin Church as its preeminent scriptural commentator. Much of Jerome’s prodigious exegetical output, however, has never been translated into English. In this volume, Thomas P. Scheck presents the first English translation of St. Jerome’s commentaries on Galatians, Titus, and Philemon. Jerome followed the Greek exegesis of Origen of Alexandria, proceeding step by step and producing the most valuable of all of the patristic commentaries on these three epistles of St. Paul. Jerome’s exegesis is characterized by extensive learning, acute historical and theological criticism, lively and vigorous exposition, and homiletical exhortation. Scheck’s translation is supplemented with thorough annotations and a detailed critical introduction that sets the context for reading Jerome’s commentaries. It is an invaluable reference for patristics scholars, historical theologians, Church historians, and New Testament scholars.

Published by: University of Notre Dame Press


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi

I am grateful to Bradley Ritter, my colleague in the classics department at Ave Maria University, for assisting in the translation of a number of difficult passages in the Commentary on Galatians. Also ...

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pp. 1-45

Saint Jerome (347–420) was undoubtedly one of the most learned of the Latin Church Fathers. The staggering range and depth of his reading can be glimpsed from his work De viris illustribus (em>On Famous Men ), a pioneering work of patrology, written around 385 and modeled ...

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Commentary on Galatians: Book One

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pp. 47-123

It has been only a few days since I moved on to Galatians after interpreting Paul’s letter to Philemon (going from back to front and bypassing many [of his letters] that come in between). And now, all of the sudden, a letter reaches me from Rome1 with the news that the ...

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Commentary on Galatians: Book Two

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pp. 125-204

It seems that now in the second book of the Commentary on Galatians I need to return to things I left untouched in the first book, when I was discussing the unique characteristics of the nations: Who are the Galatians? ...

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Commentary on Galatians: Book Three

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pp. 205-275

We are hammering out a third book on Galatians, O Paula and Eustochium, well aware of our weakness and conscious that our slender ability flows in but a small stream and makes little roar and rattle. For these are the qualities that are now looked for even in the churches ...

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Commentary on Titus

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pp. 277-349

Although those who have nullified their first faith1 are not worthy of the faith—I am speaking of Marcion,2Basilides,3 and all the heretics, who tear the Old Testament to pieces—nevertheless, we should endure them to some extent, at least if they keep their hands on the New and ...

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Commentary on Philemon

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pp. 351-382

Those who are unwilling to receive among the epistles of Paul this one written to Philemon say that the apostle did not speak at all times or all things with Christ speaking in him.1 For human weakness was not able to bear the Holy Spirit without interruption, and the needs of his frail 351 ...

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pp. 383-387

Index of Scriptural Passages

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pp. 389-409

General Index

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pp. 410-416

E-ISBN-13: 9780268092757
E-ISBN-10: 0268092753
Print-ISBN-13: 9780268041335
Print-ISBN-10: 0268041334

Page Count: 432
Illustrations: NA
Publication Year: 2010