The work of Dom Adalbert de Vogue, OSB (1924-2011) serves as the basis of all serious study of the Rule of Benedict. In this second volume, Vogue 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.
It is one of the anomalies of modern monastic studies that the great commentary of Adalbert De Vogue 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
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