Jerome’s Reception in an Early Eighteenth-Century Hungarian Historical Work

Authors

  • Levente Pap Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/clotho.3.2.75-90

Keywords:

Jerome, ecclesiastical history, Hungary, Protestantism, Huns, Christianity

Abstract

Works concerning the history of the Hungarian Reform had been almost absent until the second half of the seventeenth century. The relatively peaceful process of the Hungarian Reform, the lack of armed conflicts, and the tragic memory of the battle of Mohács made the appearance of self-justifying religious narratives in Hungarian historiography seem unnecessary. On the other hand, the changes caused by the Tridentine Catholic renewal movement and the deterioration of the religious and political condition of the Protestant confession culminated in punishing actions. This brought the polemical and self-justifying narratives to the forefront in both literature and historiography. First signs of interest regarding the history of Protestantism appeared on the Catholic side, but they emerged under the pressure of the circumstances. On the other hand, a growing foreign interest gradually appeared on the Protestant side, making way to historiographical works. An example of such an opus is the Historia Ecclesiae Reformatae in Hungaria et Transilvania (1706) by Pál Debreceni Ember. The author presents the history of the Reformed Church in Hungary. He also tries to present the origins of Hungarian Christianity, projecting it onto the Apostolic Period. Finally, he turns to the early Christian writers such as Jerome to prove his theory. The paper aims to present this chapter in Jerome’s reception and its religious background.

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24.12.2021

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Pap, Levente. 2021. “Jerome’s Reception in an Early Eighteenth-Century Hungarian Historical Work”. Clotho 3 (2):75-90. https://doi.org/10.4312/clotho.3.2.75-90.

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