Vol 18, no. 1 (2022): Matthew R. Anderson

One of the Boys: Jerome’s Fabulous Frontier Masculinity – Matthew R. Anderson, Concordia University


At the dawn of imperial Roman Christianity, Jerome was a “man on the make.”  He portrayed himself to potential patrons as an ascetic, a desert-dweller, a biblical exegete, a conduit of the Greek Christian tradition, a fluent Hebrew speaker, and a Holy Land monk. His self-promotion relied on declarations of identities considered frontier and exotic by the fourth-century imperial centre of power. This article employs a decolonizing, aware-settler hermeneutic (Anderson 2019) to analyze these claims as specific strategies by which Jerome tried to cement his influence and establish his authority as a Roman elite male (Conway 2019; Gleason 1995).

Key words: Jerome, masculinity studies, aware-settler, frontier

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