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A Critical Study of the Rule of Benedict - Volume 2

Volume 2: Prologue, Chapters 4, 6, 7 and 73
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SKU 978-1-56548-494-8
ISBN Number: 978-1-56548-494-8
Page Count: 257
Format: Paperback
Volume 2: Prologue, Chapters 4, 6, 7 and 73

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

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“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

From Reviews of Volume One

“Vogüé’s massive writings make him the most important monastic scholar of at least the twentieth century.”

“Anyone serious about studying the Rule will find it (A Critical Study) helpful.”

“Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB has skillfully translated the first volume of Adalbert de Vogüé’s classic work La Règle de Saint Benoît. Vogüé writes a clear French sentence when not lost in some intricate argument, and McGrane’s lucid translation makes his scholarly achievement easily accessible. McGrane deserves our genuine gratitude for translating this classic work into English.”

Harry Hagan, OSB
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Saint Meinrad, IN

“Only the most serious of scholars will be able to appreciate the breadth and depth of the research here, but there is something for everyone who wants to go deeper into the text, and the volumes will be a necessity for every library of monastic studies.”

Sr. Judith Sutera, OSB
Mt. St. Scholastica Monastery, Atchison, KS

About the Author

Adalbert de Vogüé, OSB 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.

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Price $39.95
Language English
Publication Date Feb 3, 2015
Author Adalbert de Vogüé
Format Paperback
Page Count 257