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Master of Arts (MA)


Religion & Culture / Religious Studies


Faculty of Arts

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Not Applicable

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This thesis presents the exegetical practice of the Biblical scholar Eusebius Hieronymus, better known as Jerome (c. 331-420), as exhibited in his commentary on the book of Jonah. Through a translation of this work for English-language readers and an introductory chapter, the thesis offers a case study of Jerome’s hermeneutical approach as it may be observed in his interpretation of a specific Biblical text. Jerome composed his Commentary on Jonah at a critical point in his career as a Biblical scholar and interpreter. It was the first Biblical commentary Jerome wrote after he professed to have repudiated his allegiance to the Origenist manner of Biblical interpretation, which had hitherto served as a primary inspiration in his study of the Bible. Therefore, the thesis includes an extended introductory chapter examining the influence of Origen upon Jerome’s Biblical scholarship. Following this, the translation of the Commentary is given in full. (It marks the first appearance of this work in an English edition.) Significant cruces in the manuscript tradition are treated in footnotes to the text of the Commentary, while extensive endnotes are provided in order to clarify the meaning of the text, illuminate obscurities, and indicate sources and also allusions to other works. Finally, a bibliography is appended.

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