A Critical Study of the Rule of Benedict - Volume 2

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A Critical Study of the Rule of Benedict - Volume 2

Volume 2: Prologue, Chapters 4, 6, 7 and 73
    About the book

    The work of Dom Adalbert de Vogüé, OSB (1924–2011) serves as the basis of all serious study of the Rule of Benedict. In this second volume, Vogüé first provides historical and critical commentary on texts from the Rule of the Master and other early sources, then shows how Benedict integrated and developed this material in writing his Prologue, Epilogue and chapters on the Tools of Good Works, Silence and Humility.

    With the completion of this second volume of Vogüé's commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict, Sister Colleen Maura McGrane has given to the English-reading world several gifts: access to an esteemed and erudite monastic author who, though now deceased, is still one of the world's most prominent and eminent monastic scholars; a translation that is accurate and yet graceful to the English reader's interior ears; and lastly, the vast amounts of time that such a translation, with its many and often technical endnotes, she generously gave. Interested parties should return her gifts in kind by purchasing, reading, and studying the scholarly gifts of Adalbert de Vogüé

    Benedict M. Guevin, O.S.B.,
    Saint Anselm Abbey, Manchester, NH

    It is one of the anomalies of modern monastic studies that the great commentary of Adalbert De Vogüé has never been translated into English (or any other language). Of course, the reason is that this is a monumental task. But it is one that Sr. Colleen McGrane has accomplished with real distinction

    Fr. Terrence G. Kardong, O.S.B
    Editor, American Benedictine Review, Assumption Abbey, North Dakota

    About the author

    Adalbert de Vogüé was born in 1924 and became a monk of Pierre-qui-Vire in 1944. He taught patristics and early monasticism at Sant'Anselmo in Rome. From 1974-2011 he lived as a hermit near his monastery. His six-volume work on the Rule of St. Benedict is considered to be the definitive work on the Rule. He was regarded as the authority on the Rule of Benedict and the Rules of western monasticism. In recent years he published twelve volumes on the history of western monasticism.