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Title: 'Let Us Exercise in the Field of Scripture'
Subtitle: The Correspondence between Jerome and Augustine for Insights into Contemporary Issues in Orthodox Biblical Scholarship
Author(s): FOTOPOULOS, John
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 69 Issue: 1-4 Date: 2017
The frequently contentious long-distance correspondence between Augustine of Hippo and Jerome of Stridon over a twenty-five year period during the late 4th and early 5th centuries AD raise a host of interesting issues to consider for those engaging in Orthodox biblical scholarship (i.e. those who 'exercise in the field of Scripture'). Insights on issues related to the text of Scripture/textual criticism, biblical translation, exegesis, and hermeneutics can all be gained by studying Augustine’s and Jerome’s correspondence. These insights are especially relevant because many within contemporary Orthodox Christianity assert that the scholarly methods and findings of Orthodox theologians and biblical scholars should have some foundation in the work of previous Church Fathers. Augustine’s and Jerome’s work on the Scriptures show many similarities with the methods of contemporary biblical scholarship.