The Rule of St. Benedict is a foundational document in the history of Western Christianity. It serves as a bridge between the patristic Eastern tradition and the emerging European tradition of the sixth century. In the past, exploring the depth and meaning of the Rule has meant flipping through numerous volumes of an exhaustively researched collection of literature and applying a well-defined research methodology. But now, for the first time, the Rule is united with key works in this literature in an environment which facilitates the application of this research methodology on one CD-ROM:The Rule of St. Benedict Library.
Containing eight works essential for studying Benedict's Rule, The Rule of St. Benedict Library allows you to spend less time searching and more time studying. Instead of flipping through many volumes spread out across your desk, you can open more than one document at a time, side by side on your computer screen. You can also link those documents together and automatically find the corresponding paragraphs and footnotes in each when you scroll through one of the texts or search for a topic using the menu commands. The highlighted abbreviations, footnote numbers, and Bible verses in each text save you even more time by opening screens that provide explanations or further information when you click on them.
The texts contained on The Rule of St. Benedict Library are A Life-Giving Way by Esther de Waal; Early Monastic Rules: The Rules of the Father and the Regula orientalis; Benedict's Rule: A Translation and Commentary by Terrence Kardong, O.S.B.; RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in Latin and English with Notes edited by Timothy Fry, O.S.B.; The Rule of the Master, introduction, text, translation, and notes by Adalbert de Vogüé; The Roman Psalter; the Latin Vulgate; and the NRSV translation of the Bible.
The Rule of St. Benedict Library was developed with the help of a generous grant from The Abbey Endowment Fund of Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois.
Save valuable time when you:
find related paragraphs and footnotes in different texts at the same timeautomatically
open informational screens by clicking on highlighted words
search for topics using simple menu commands
research and analyze the Rule quickly and easily
add "bookmarks" and "notes" to assist in personal study
print your results for personal study
get answers to your questions using the full help screens
IBM 386-SX or equivalent, Windows 3.1
3 MB hard disk space
4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended)
VGA graphics adapter; color monitor preferred
Scott Rains is a member of the Monastic Researchers Section of the American Benedictine Academy and former director of University Ministry at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He received a Doctorate in Ministry from Graduate Theological Foundation and a Graduate Certificate in Monastic Studies from St. John's University.