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Benedict of Nursia
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In his Second Dialogue, the earliest notice we have of the life of Benedict of Nursia, Pope Gregory the Great (590–604) concludes his tale of miracles and wonders with a simple direction: “Anyone who wishes to know more about [Benedict’s] life and character can discover in his Rule exactly what he was like as an abbot, for his life could not have differed from his teaching.” Nevertheless, as biographical sources, both the Second Dialogue, written a halfcentury after Benedict’s death, and the Rule itself, require caution.

One reason Benedict’s life is not noticed in contemporary …

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Henry, Patrick, “Benedict of Nursia”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B165>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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