Western Lineage

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Rule of Benedict draws on the Egyptian tradition (Eastern), such as the Pachomian rule; the Cappadocian tradition (Eastern), such as Basil’s rule; and the North African tradition (Western), such as Augustine’s rule. The third was a more direct influence than the second, but the first was the most influential, coming through John Cassian and then the Rule of the Master (from an unknown author soon after 500 AD). All had the purpose of regulating the life of monks living in the coenobium.

Via Monastic habits for non-monastics–Glimpses from Dennis Okholm | Grateful to the dead.

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