Jerome (c. 345-420) was one of the greatest biblical scholars of antiquity. Among his achievements was his Latin translation of the Bible "according to the Hebrew," or iuxta Hebraeos. In this study, Adam Kamesar considers the origin of this project through an analysis of the Quaestiones Hebraicae in Genesim, a commentary on the book of Genesis published at approximately the same time as the first installments of the translation. Providing a look at the man and the work behind one of the most important Bibles in the history of the West, this study will be of keen interest to classicists, biblical scholars, patristics scholars, theologians, medievalists, and ancient historians.
`fascinating and instructive ... it is impossible in a short review to do justice to the rich intricacy of its detailed argument'
'Jerome's originality as scholar, philologist, and exegete is powerfully supported by K in this excellent monograph...This book is full of original material, cleverly nuanced discussions, and quite definite conclusions which challenge received opinions of Jerome's work, but K's arguments are always clearly presented and skillfully supported.'
C T R Hayward
'Kamesar develops a clear and convincing case. His argument is necessarily technical ... but, in a field notorious for the complexity of the arguments that must be developed, his writing is always lucid, and the thread of his argument is never lost. This is a substantial contribution to Jerome scholarship, with important implications for the use of the Vulgate in textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible.'
P.E. Satterthwaite, Vetus Testamentum, Supplements, 53 1994
'Through K.'s careful analysis of this commentary, the reader, as it were, joins Jerome at work ... My admiration of this book goes beyond K.'s outstanding scholarship, however, and extends to the subtlety with which K. approaches the enterprise of studying the scholarship of our distant predecessors. Both Jerome and his Quaestiones Hebraicae in Genesim have been well-served by this remarkable book.'
Sheila Colwell, University of Washington, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 5.3 (1994)
`important work ... Most of what Kamesar argues - and argues gracefully and concisely - seems to this reviewer, at least, largely convincing.'
Andrew Louth, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, Journal of Semitic Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1, 1995
`One of the interesting aspects of A.K.'s work is his emphasis on Jerome's early interest in the Hebrew text...A.K.'s work stands out through the clarity and lucidity of its exposition and argument. Especially his comparison between the approach of Origen and Jerome is exemplary. A good bibliography and several indexes enhance the usefulness of this monograph.'
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