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jerome100pxJerome (Hieronymus) was born in 342 at Stridon in Dalmatia (now Croatia, then part of the Roman province of Dalmatia).  He studied the classical authors in Rome and was baptised there.  He embraced a life of asceticism and went to Syria.  He learnt Hebrew at the hands of a rabbi.  Between 382 and 385 he was in Rome as secretary to Pope Damasus, who commissioned him to revise the Latin version of the Bible.  He went to Bethlehem to concentrate on this work, together with the writing of scriptural commentaries and theological works.  He died in Bethlehem in 420. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 3032; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1242

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