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    DescriptionIn the West, monastic ideals and scholastic pursuits are complementary; monks are popularly imagined copying classics, preserving learning through the Middle Ages, and establishing the first universities. But this dual identity is not without its contradictions. While monasticism emphasizes the virtues of poverty, chastity, and humility, the scholar, by contrast, requires expensive infrastructure--a library, a workplace, and the means of disseminating his work. In "The Monk and the Book, "Megan Hale Williams argues that Saint Jerome was the first to represent biblical study as a mode of asceticism appropriate for an inhabitant of a Christian monastery, thus pioneering the enduring linkage of monastic identities and institutions with scholarship. Revisiting Jerome with the analytical tools of recent cultural history--including the work of Bourdieu, Foucault, and Roger Chartier--Williams proposes new interpretations that remove obstacles to understanding the life and legacy of the saint. Examining issues such as the construction of Jerome's literary persona, the form and contents of his library, and the intellectual framework of his commentaries, Williams shows that Jerome's textual and exegetical work on the Hebrew scriptures helped to construct a new culture of learning. This fusion of the identities of scholar and monk, Williams shows, continues to reverberate in the culture of the modern university."[Williams] has written a fascinating study, which provides a series of striking insights into the career of one of the most colorful and influential figures in Christian antiquity. Jerome's Latin Bible would become the foundational text for the intellectual development of the West, providing words for the deepest aspirations and most intensely held convictions of an entire civilization. Williams's book does much to illumine the circumstances in which that fundamental text was produced, and reminds us that great ideas, like great people, have particular origins, and their own complex settings."--Eamon Duffy, "New York"" Review of Books"

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    The Monk and the Book
    Jerome and the Making of Christian Scholarship
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Megan Hale Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226899008
    ISBN 10: 0226899004

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HRC
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    ECPA Christian Book Category: CHMCHLCHS
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRGSEHIB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 270.2092
    BISAC V2.8: REL086000, REL011000
    LC classification: BR65.J476 W55 2006
    Thema V1.0: QRMP, QRM, QRAX, NHC, QRVP3, QRVS5
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAE
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    12 halftones, 2 line drawings
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    15 December 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Megan Hale Williams is associate professor of history at San Francisco State University. She is coauthor, with Anthony Grafton, of "Christianity and the Transformation of the Book: Origen, Eusebius, and the Library of Caesarea".""
    Review quote
    "Williams has written a provocative book, for it encourages us to look behind Jerome's rather difficult and oft-studied personal and theological conflicts with his contemporaries to view him in the light of his importance in the history of late-antique education and book culture."--Michele Renee Salzman "Speculum "