Epistula ad Eustochium de uirginitate seruanda

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Title

Epistula ad Eustochium de uirginitate seruanda

Creator

Jerome

Date

384

Source

Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi Epistulae, ed. Isidore Hilberg, 3 vols., CSEL 54-6 (Vienna: F. Templsky, 1910-18), 1:172-3

Identifier

Hier.Epist.22

Language

Latin

Subject

CPL 620.22

Description

Jerome

Publisher

BWH

Contributor

BWH

Relation

References Biblical Judith

Format

prose

Type

letter

Coverage

21

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Text

Inueniebatur ergo, ut diximus, in uiris tantem hoc continentiae bonum et in doloribus iugiter Eua pariebat. Postquam uero uirgo concepit in utero et peperit nobis puerum, cuius principatus in umero eius, deum fortem, patrem future saeculi [Isaiah 9:6], soluta maledictio est. Mors per Euam, uita per Mariam. Ideoque et ditius uirginitatis donum fluxit in feminas, quia coepit a femina. Statim ut filius de ingressus est super terram, nouam sibi familiam instituit, ut, qui ab angelis adorabatur in caelo, haberet angelos et in terris. Tunc Olofernae caput Iudith continens amputauit.
In those days [of the Old Testament], as I have said, the virtue of continence was found only men: Eve still continued to travail with children. But now that a virgin has conceived in the womb and has borne to us a child of which the prophet says that “the government is upon his shoulder... God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come” now the chain of the curse is broken. Death came through Eve, but life has come through Mary. And thus the gift of virginity has been bestowed most richly upon women, seeing that it has had its beginning from a woman. As soon as the Song of God set foot upon the earth, He formed for Himself a new household there, that, as He was adored by angels in heaven, angels might serve Him also on earth. Then chaste Judith once more cut off the head of Holofernes.

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Citation

Jerome, “Epistula ad Eustochium de uirginitate seruanda,” Book of Judith, accessed December 16, 2017, http://bookofjudith.lib.uconn.edu/items/show/40.