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Born at Stridon, a town on the confines of Dalmatia and Pannonia, about the year 340-2; died at Bethlehem, 30 September, 420.
He went to Rome, probably about 360, where he was baptized, and became interested in ecclesiastical matters. From Rome he went to Trier, famous for its schools, and there began his theological studies. Later he went to Aquileia, and towards 373 he set out on a journey to the East. He settled first in Antioch, where he heard Apollinaris of Laodicea, one of the first exegetes of that time and not yet separated from the Church. From 374-9 Jerome led an ascetical life in the desert of Chalcis, south-west of Antioch. Ordained priest at Antioch, he went to Constantinople (380-81), where a friendship sprang up between him and St. Gregory of Nazianzus. From 382 to August 385 he made another sojourn in Rome, not far from Pope Damasus. When the latter died (11 December, 384) his position became a very difficult one. His harsh criticisms had made him bitter enemies, who tried to ruin him. After a few months he was compelled to leave Rome. By way of Antioch and Alexandria he reached Bethlehem, in 386. He settled there in a monastery near a convent founded by two Roman ladies, Paula and Eustochium, who followed him to Palestine. Henceforth he led a life of asceticism and study; but even then he was troubled by controversies which will be mentioned later, one with Rufinus and the other with the Pelagians.
He was not born a Catholic! --Sysop-TK /MyTalk 02:11, 4 June 2007 (EDT)
- What do you mean? That he was not baptised as an infant does not mean he wasn't born and raised a Catholic. Lostcaesar 03:40, 4 June 2007 (EDT)
- Yes, it does mean that. Do you have any idea of what you are talking about at all? --Sysop-TK /MyTalk 04:11, 4 June 2007 (EDT)
The Citation of Jerome's Letter
The article incorrectly cites Jerome's ep. 82. The relevant letter occurs not in the "Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium" but in the "Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum" (commonly called the CSEL). Could Lostcaesar say whether his page numbers are from the older edition (1910-8), or from the new edition that was published in 1996? The date that given right now (1865) is simply the date at which the Austrian academy started churning out CSEL editions.
Hiltfredus 06:56, 5 July 2007 (EDT)