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IV. Negotiating Christian and Jewish Authorities

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Paul is the Christian source whose authority Herbert most frequently invokes. While he calls Jerome "modernus alumpnus synagoge", Paul is for him "that great erstwhile pupil of the synagogue, most adamant emulator among Jewish scholars of the Law". He is quoted more than fifty times over a total of thirty-nine psalms. Of those fifty-one references to Paul, over thirty originate from Romans and 1 and 2 Corinthians. In order to analyse the relationship between Herbert's translation of the Psalms and his use of Paul, and between Pauline theology and Jewish exegesis as reflected in the Psalterium, this chapter examines the function covered by references to the Epistles in a selection of passages. Two overlapping themes recurrent in Herbert's borrowings from Paul are those of vanity and idolatry.

Keywords: 2 Corinthians; Christian source; Epistles; Herbert; idolatry; Jewish authorities; Psalm

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