On translation Day, remembering the greatest of them all

stjerome100pxToday is International Translation Day. It is also the day that the Church commemorates Saint Jerome. And that’s no coincidence.

The feat that St. Jerome, one of the Doctors of the Church, is most remembered and celebrated for is his translation of the Bible into Latin. This so-called Vulgate became the definite text of the Bible used for most of modern history and, at the Council of Trent, the benchmark for which books were canonical and which were not.

St. Jerome’s work had a profound influence on religion, spiritual formation, Church and faith, but not least on the development of languages itself. Not bad for the work of a devoted translator.

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