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Saint Jerome the Priest statue at the Croatian Embassy in the Kalorama District of near Sheridan Circle in Washington, D.C.
by Ivan Meštrovic' (click name for more of that artist's work)
located in James M. Goode's Massachusetts Avenue area (click link for more in that area)

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Jerome (ca. 347 – 420) is best known as the first translator of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin. His edition of the Bible, the Vulgate, is still an important text of the Roman Catholic Church. He was born c. 347 at Strido, in modern day Croatia. Jerome was a scholar at a time when that statement implied a fluency in Greek. He knew some Hebrew when he started his translation project, but moved to Jerusalem to perfect his grasp of the language and to strengthen his grip on Jewish scripture commentary. A wealthy Roman aristocrat, Paula, founded a monastery for him in Bethlehem - rather like a research institute - and he completed his translation there. He began in 382 by correcting the existing Latin language version of the New Testament, commonly referred to as the "Vulgate." By 390 he turned to the Hebrew Bible, having previously translated portions from the Septuagint Greek version. He completed this work by 405. Before Jerome's translation, all Old Testament translations were based on the Septuagint. Jerome's decision to use the Hebrew Old Testament instead of the Septuagint went against the advice of most other Christians, including Augustine, who considered the Septuagint inspired.

This statue, originally located at the Franciscan Abbey, was moved to the Croatian embassy after Yugoslavia was dissolved & the Croatian state was formed. Source: Wikipedia




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ST. JEROME THE PRIEST
A.D. 341 - [420]

I MESTROVIC
CROATIAN SCULPTOR

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James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 374 Item #8.31; Massachusetts Avenue area);
'Outdoor Sculpture' (paperback p334 Item #I-12)

Medium: Bronze
Artist: Ivan Meštrovic' (click name for more of that artist's work)
Related subjects: Religion; Jerome
Location: 2343 Massachusetts Ave Washington, D.C.
See Massachusetts Avenue area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle (Red) (click station name for all sculptures nearby) (dcMem ID #1560 )

Links & other sources
The Names of Washington D.C. (p116)
'Who is That Man Anyway?' on Jerome (75)
Wikipedia article on Jerome

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