The Life and Contributions of Saint Jerome and Gregory of Nazianzus to the Early Church

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EKITI STATE UNIVERSITY
ADO EKITI

FACULTY OF ARTS
DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES
COURSE TITLE: EARLY CHURCH FATHERS
COURSE CODE: RES 764
TOPIC: THE LIFE AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF SAINT JEROME AND GREGORY OF ZAZIANZUS TO THE EARLY CHURCH
BY
FASUSI, EBENEZER AYODEJI
MATRICULATION NUMBER: PG/RES/11/048
LECTURER
PROF. G.O . ABE
MAY 2013.

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Introduction
The Christian church has passed through many eras with lots of changes and reformations. These changes at different times make the church to be a dynamic agency within the society.[i] Blainey has attributed the changes, reformations, and growth in Christianity to the works, life and writings of some early Christian fathers.[ii] The works
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The translation (Vulgata versio [common version]) lasted for twenty years and it remains the official bible of the Roman Catholic Church till today.[xvi]
Jerome encouraged his followers and readers to love the word of God directly from the original languages[xvii]. This apparently would enable better understanding of the bible, its translations and application, unlike some contemporary practices today where biblical texts are taken out of contexts. As a sign of his passion for the bible he encouraged the Roman matron on the Christian education of her daughter thus; Ensure that each day she studies some scripture passages. After prayer, bible reading should follow, and after reading, prayers. Instead of jewels and silk clothing, may she love the divine books.[xviii]
The above piece of advice shows the combination of Jerome’s commitment to ascetic living and passion for the Christian scriptures.
In his fight against heresies such as Arian controversy, Jerome argues that bible interpretation must always be in harmony with the church’s Magisterium.[xix] In order words, the bible must not be read alone because of its complexities which if not adequately handled could lead one to heresies. His other writings include commentaries on the books of; Amos, Daniel, Jeremias, Zacharias, Ezekiel, to mention a few.
Conclusion
The life and works of Saint Jerome, a church father and Doctor of the church

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