Saint Jerome (b. c. 347, d. 420), whose greatest work was the translation of the Bible into Latin, also wrote biblical commentaries, including on the Books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. He applied his monumental knowledge of history, literature, classical and biblical languages, and rhetoric to analyse these Old Testament works for a learned audience. Important monasteries such as Bury St Edmunds copied key theological works such as this for use by the monks for study and reading at mealtimes.
An important innovation that helped users to orientate themselves within long and complex texts was the inclusion of running titles at the top of every page; this became common practice in the Bury scriptorium in the 12th century.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.