Fourth century translator of the Bible into the Latin (the Vulgate). A pioneer in monastic scholarship. He began his career as a hermit in the Syrian desert, but found that he could exorcise his sexual temptations only by occupying his mind with a tough intellectual discipline. He took up the study of Hebrew and found it so effective that he could even venture to return to the world. At Rome, he became a teacher to Bishop Camasus and to a circle of high-born ladies. He eventually withdrew to a monastery at Bethlehem, where his linguistic skills were put to use in translating the Old and the New Testament from the original tongues into Latin.

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