Document: Letter 55
Reference: Stegmuller 3373
Incipit: Breui{s} epistula longas
Addressee: Amandus Presbyter
Date: c. 394-398 (Kelly p. 190)
Earliest ms.: Naples, Italy: Biblioteca Nazionale, VI.D.59, f. 44b. 6-7th century. (Lambert, I: p. 649)
Latin Text: CSEL 54, pp. 486-495
English Translation: Fremantle,  pp. 109-112
Notes: A very interesting letter. Amandus a presbyter of Burdigala (Bourdeaux) had written to Jerome for an explanation of three passages of scripture (Matt 6:34, 1 Cor 6:18, and 1 Cor 15:25-26), and had in the same letter on behalf of a ‘sister’ put the following question: ‘Can a woman who has divorced her first husband on account of his vices and who has during his lifetime under compulsion married again, communicate with the Church without first doing penance?’ Jerome in his reply gives the explanations asked for but answers the farther question, that concerning the ‘sister,’ with an emphatic negative. (Fremantle)

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