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Benedict’s Rule: A Translation and Commentary



A line-by-line exegesis of the entire Rule—the first such in the English language. This commentary—predominately a literary and historical criticism—is based on a new translation, and it is accompanied by essays on Benedict’s spiritual doctrine.

Written by a monk who has striven to live according to the Rule of Benedict for 35 years, this commentary relates the ancient rules to modern monastic life while examining the sources (Cassian, Augustine, and Basil) Benedict used to establish his Rule. Generously indexed, this volume contains thorough overviews, which summarize the source criticism, structural criticism, and other notes that follow.

Also included is Terrence Kardong’s popular and widely-used translation of the Latin Rule of St. Benedict. Used in contemporary monasteries around the world, this volume is essential for reading the Rule of St. Benedict in scholarly or practical settings.

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Key Features

  • Presents a line-by-line exegesis of Benedict’s Rule
  • Includes a widely-used translation of the Latin Rule of St. Benedict
  • Provides a literary and historical criticism on Benedict’s spiritual doctrine

Praise for the Print Edition

Terrence provides his readers with a history of interpretation of significant themes in the chapters; the intuitive perceptions of patristic exegesis which undergirds the spirituality of words, motifs, whole chapters; explanations of literary patterns, grammatical anomalies and rhetorical devices through which the rich tones and rhythms of RB are expressed; and penetrating insights into the various approaches of modern scholars to the chapters of the Rule.

—Mary Forman, OSB

. . . stands as a monument to the Rule’s richness and depth, the product of the author’s decades of research, publication, and, perhaps most important of all, living out this Rule as a reliable compass for journeying with God.

Ashland Theological Journal

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About Terrence G. Kardong

Terrence G. Kardong is a scholar and priest at Assumption Abbey in North Dakota, a modern day monastery that follows the Order of St. Benedict.


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