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Jerome As Expositor Of The Hebrew Text Of Jeremiah

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This chapter considers how Jerome’s Hebrew scholarship fits into his overall approach to interpreting the biblical text. It also discusses how Jerome compares with more recent interpreters in terms of identifying and explaining Hebrew exegetical problems in Jeremiah. The author treats a selection of passages from the Commentary on Jeremiah where Jerome focuses special attention on Hebrew issues. For each passage, the author cites the biblical lemma as Jerome presents it in the commentary, and then offers comments on Jerome’s analysis of the text. At the end of the lemma, Jerome shifted towards a broader theological exposition. Jerome gave the lemma in two forms, according to the Hebrew and according to the LXX, it was easy for him to divide his interpretation into two distinct units. Jerome engages the Hebrew text in a manner plausible even by today’s standards. Jerome’s Hebrew philology seems the most like modern scholarship.

Keywords: biblical lemma; Commentary on Jeremiah; Hebrew text; Jerome; theological exposition



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