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This is the introductory chapter of the book Jerome's Hebrew Philology: A Study Based on his Commentary on Jeremiah. The book describes the origin and nature of Jerome's philological method with respect to his study of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Jay Braverman's study focuses on broad exegetical traditions rather than on Jerome's philological approach. The book attempts to address both of these issues. It focuses on one commentary in particular, so that the reader may be able to treat with sufficient detail at least a representative sample of Jerome's Hebrew analysis. The book considers the specific sources used by Jerome in learning and interpreting the Hebrew text. It also examines what roles Hebrew philology played in Jerome's overall approach to interpreting the biblical text.

Keywords: Commentary on Jeremiah; exegetical traditions; Hebrew philology; Jerome; Old Testament

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