The Patristic Reception and Interpretation of John 17:21. A Case Study: Jovinian vs Jerome

in Christian Discourse in Late Antiquity

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Abstract

This paper explores the controversy that arose around Jovinian’s figure and teaching in 4th century Rome. By paying close attention to the relevant sources, and elaborating the historical context, I aim to sharpen our understanding of the impact and import of his theology. To this end, I also investigate how the special use of John 17:21, both in Jovinian’s works and Jerome’s Adversus Jovinianum, reveals that Jovinian was not merely interested in marriage/sexuality, as scholars have often presented him, but also in the definition of a new ecclesiological model.

Christian Discourse in Late Antiquity

Hermeneutical, institutional and textual perspectives

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