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Reading Hebrew As A 'Grammarian'

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Jerome’s training as a “grammarian” gave him the framework that he needed to recognize and address textual and linguistic problems in the Hebrew text. This chapter provides a few general observations about Jerome's interest in Hebrew sounds. Then, it discusses four specific ways that Jerome employed principles learned through lectio in his Hebrew scholarship on Jeremiah. Jerome often discusses the pronunciation of individual letters and words. The chapter examines enarratio in Jerome's Hebrew philology through the analysis of words, elucidation of subject matter and grammatical and rhetorical analysis. Jerome does, however, reflect the practice of emendatio in one very important area of his Hebrew scholarship, textual criticism. Jerome reflects the insight of his background in iudicium. Throughout the commentary, Jerome provides background information from the book of Ezra in order to illuminate the historical context of the individual prophecies of Malachi.

Keywords: emendatio; enarratio; Hebrew; iudicium; Jeremiah; Jerome; lectio; Roman grammarian



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