Facts about St. Jerome

Born: 347
Died: 420
Birthplace: Pannonia (now Slovenia)
Best known as: The medieval scholar behind the Latin translation of the Bible

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St. Jerome Biography

Name at birth: Eusebius Hieronymous

Also known as Sophronius, Jerome was a medieval church scholar, first a hermit and then a secretary to Pope Damasus in the 380s. From there he went to Palestine and devoted himself to study and writing. He wrote ecclesiastical histories, exegeses and translations, and is credited with shaping the Latin version of the Bible (called the Vulgate) from Hebrew and Greek texts.