Why did Jerome Translate Tobit and Judith?*

  title={Why did Jerome Translate Tobit and Judith?*},
  author={Edmon Louis Gallagher},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  pages={356 - 375}
  • E. Gallagher
  • Published 1 July 2015
  • History
  • Harvard Theological Review
Jerome translated the Hebrew Bible into Latin over a decade and a half beginning in about 390 c.e. With each translation he included a preface dedicating (in most cases) the translation to a friend or patron and defending his reliance on what he called the hebraica veritas (Hebrew truth) against his many detractors. This last feature of the prefaces proved necessary because by choosing the Hebrew text of the Old Testament as his base text, Jerome directly challenged the traditional position of… 

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