Document: Letter 69
Incipit: Numquam/Numquid, fili Oceane (al. filia Ociane)
Addressee: Oceanus
Date: c. 400 (Kelly p. 214)
Earliest ms.: Karlsruhe, Germany: Badische Landesbibliothek, Aug.Perg.CV, between folios 123’2 and following. 8-9th century. (Lambert, I: p. 731)
Latin Text: CSEL 54. pp. 678-700
English Translation: Fremantle,  pp. 141-148
Notes: Oceanus, a Roman nobleman zealous for the faith, had asked Jerome to back him in a protest against Carterius a Spanish bishop who contrary to the apostolic rule that a bishop is to be “the husband of one wife” had married a second time. Jerome refuses to take the line suggested on the ground that Carterius’s first marriage having preceded his baptism cannot be taken into account. He therefore advises Oceanus to let the matter drop. – Fremantle

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