The Eschatological Aspects of the Monastic Life in St. Jerome’s Letters

Marcin Wysocki

Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II , Poland


In the year 1953, a New Testament scholar named Charles Harold Dodd published a book titled The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel which revolutionized the way of thinking about Christian eschatology. In his opus vitae, Charles Dodd argued based on the Gospel of John that apocalyptic realities are in fact already realised through Jesus and His Apostles’ ministry. On this premise, he coined the term “realized eschatology”, in which all announcements concerning the Kingdom of God had already been realized according to Dodd. This “realized eschatology” can be seen through various realities of everyday life of the community of believers. In the case of Saint Jerome of Stridon, he saw the eschatological reality in the monastic lifestyle. This article aims to show what eschatological signs are present in the description of the monastic community found in the letters of Saint Jerome. For in his letters many times he refers to eschatological realities already present in monastic life, which is for him a kind of paradise on earth and the fulfilment of Christ’s eschatological prophecies.


Jerome of Stridon, Eschatology, Letter, Monastic life, Realized Eschatology, Monk

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Wysocki, M. (2020). The Eschatological Aspects of the Monastic Life in St. Jerome’s Letters. Vox Patrum, 76, 143–155.

Marcin Wysocki
Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II


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