Document: Letter 53
Reference: Stegmuller 284 & 3306
Incipit: Frater Ambrosius mihi
Addressee: Paulinus Presbyter
Date: 394 (Kelly p. 192)
Earliest ms.: Naples, Italy: Biblioteca Nazionale, VI.D.59, f. 24-32. 6-7th century. (Lambert, I: p. 611)
Latin Text: CSEL 54, pp. 442-465
English Translation: Fremantle,  pp. 96-102
Notes: Jerome urges Paulinus, bishop of Nola, (for whom see Letter 58) to make a diligent study of the Scriptures and to this end reminds him of the zeal for learning displayed not only by the wisest of the pagans but also by the apostle Paul. Then going through the two Testaments in detail he describes the contents of the several books and the lessons which may be learned from them. He concludes with an appeal to Paulinus to divest himself wholly of his earthly wealth and to devote himself altogether to God. (Fremantle)

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