A Critical Study of the Rule of Benedict - Volume 3


A Critical Study of the Rule of Benedict - Volume 3

Volume 3: Liturgy, Sleeping Arrangements, and the Penal Code (RB 8-20, 22-30, 42-46)
    About the book

    Volume 3 of Adalbert de Vogue’s "A Critical Study of The Rule of St. Benedict" interprets The Rule, especially facets of monastic life that secular readers might find unimportant such as prayer regimen, psalmody, correction of faults, and everyday routines like sleeping arrangements. This meticulous scholarship—in an accessible translation by Benedictine Sister Colleen Maura McGrane—traces how Benedict departed from earlier “Rules” and explains why, more than 1,500 years later, monasteries still follow these practices. Benedict was expert organizer, creative liturgist and informed student of human psychology. (Judith Valente - author of How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community)

    This book is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to seminary and academic Benedictine Studies collections

    Midwest Book Review

    This translation is certainly a welcome addition to Benedictine scholarship on the Rule of Benedict and the Rule of the Master, by one of its foremost scholars. It represents a careful and meticulous, yet easy to read representation of the original. It is a work that needs to be in every academic library that takes up theological and monastic works and would serve monastic houses where the study of RB and its sources is undertaken beyond a cursory reading of introductions to the Rule.

    Mary Forman, OSB
    School of Theology-Seminary
    St. John's University, Collegeville, MN

    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.