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Why did Jerome translate λόγος as 'verbum' in John 1:1?

In the Old Latin MSS, translators translated the Greek word λόγος as 'sermo' (source). Why, then, did Jerome translate λόγος as 'verbum' in John 1:1?
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Jerome's translation of κοινωνία in the Vulgate of 1 Cor. 10:16

In the Vulgate of 1 Cor. 10:16, it is written, calicem benedictionis cui benedicimus nonne communicatio sanguinis Christi est et panis quem frangimus nonne participatio corporis Domini est Why ...