Jerome, Vita Malchi: Introduction, Text, Translation, and Commentary

Hardcover | March 26, 2015

byChrista Gray

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This volume offers a full analysis of one of the more intriguing works by a figure who is central to our understanding of Late Antiquity and early Christianity: the translator, exegete, and controversialist Jerome (c.347-419/20AD). The neglected text of the Vita Malchi - or, to use Jerome'stitle, the Captive Monk - recounts the experiences of Malchus, a monk abducted by nomadic Saracens on the Eastern fringe of the fourth-century Roman Empire, in what today is the border region between southern Turkey and Syria. Most of this short, vivid, and fast-paced narrative is recounted byMalchus in the first person. The volume's introduction provides background information on the author, Jerome, and the historical and linguistic context of the Life, as well as detailed discussion of the work's style and its reception of earlier Christian and classical literature, ranging from its relationship with comedy, epic,and the ancient novel to the Apocryphal Apostolic Acts and martyr narratives. An exposition of the manuscript evidence is then followed by a new edition of the Latin text with an English translation, and a comprehensive commentary. The commentary explores the complex intertextuality of the work andprovides readers with an understanding of its background, originality, and significance; it elucidates not only literary and philological questions but also points of ethnography and topography, and intellectual and social history.

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This volume offers a full analysis of one of the more intriguing works by a figure who is central to our understanding of Late Antiquity and early Christianity: the translator, exegete, and controversialist Jerome (c.347-419/20AD). The neglected text of the Vita Malchi - or, to use Jerome'stitle, the Captive Monk - recounts the experie...

Christa Gray is a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.11 inPublished:March 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198723725

ISBN - 13:9780198723721

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PrefaceAbbreviations of Modern Reference Works and CorporaAncient ReferencesIntroductionText and TranslationCommentaryBibliography