There are also Latin, Coptic, and Ethiopic versions, sometimes differing widely from the Greek.
"In the Ethiopic, with the omission of Thecla's admitted claim to preach and to baptize, half the point of the story is lost." The author sets this story during Paul the Apostle's First Missionary Journey, but this text is ideologically different from the New Testament portrayal of Paul.
Tertullian inveighed against its use in the advocacy of a woman's right to preach and to baptize.
Every book he owned, he had to copy with his own hand!
He was baptized in 365 AD, and in 373 AD he joined a colony of hermits in the desert east of Antioch–and not only did he bring his books with him, but he kept adding to his library! He finished his translation of the Bible in 404 AD, and in 416, his library was destroyed when Bethlehem was sacked by bandits. St Jerome is believed to have been the second most voluminous writer in ancient Latin Christianity.
Here, Paul is described as travelling to Iconium (Acts ), proclaiming "the word of God about abstinence and the resurrection".
Paul is given a full physical description that may reflect oral tradition: in the Syriac text "he was a man of middling size, and his hair was scanty, and his legs were a little crooked, and his knees were projecting, and he had large eyes and his eyebrows met, and his nose was somewhat long, and he was full of grace and mercy; at one time he seemed like a man, and at another time he seemed like an angel." Paul gave his sermons in the house of Onesiphorus (cp.
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He was ordained a priest in 379 and began his life as a Biblical scholar. St Augustine, the first, once said of him, “What Jerome is ignorant of, no mortal has ever known.” High praise!
His library was considered to have been one of the most important private collections of the period, and he was known to have had an insatiable desire for knowledge, matched by an exceptional memory for everything he ever read.
He was swift to anger, but also swift to feel remorse, even more severe on his own shortcomings than on those of others.