Columbanian Monastic Rules: Dissent and Experiment
Irish monasticism, Monastic rules, Early Middle Ages, Columbanus
Austrian Academy of Science
Catholic Studies | Christianity | European History | History | History of Christianity | History of Religion | Liturgy and Worship | Medieval History | Medieval Studies | Other Classics | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Analysis of the Columbanus' monastic rules and the four 'Columbanian' monastic rules written after his death: the Regula Donati, the Regula cuiusdam ad virgines, the Regula cuiusdam patris and the fragment De accedendo ad deum. All four texts express different, and to a certain extent contentious claims on Columbanus' heritage and develop their own distinct monastic program. The Regula cuiusdam patris should be read as a voice of dissent against the path Columbanian monasticism took and might be related to the circle around the monk Agrestius. The Regula cuiusdam ad virgines was most likely written by Jonas of Bobbio, the author of the Vita Columbani. The fragment De accedendo ad deum may have been a lost chapter of the Regula cuiusdam ad virgines. As a reflection on the connection between prayer and ascetic achievements De accedendo can be read as a key text on Columbanian monastic theology.
Diem, Albrecht, "Columbanian Monastic Rules: Dissent and Experiment," in The Irish in Early Medieval Europe. Identity, Culture and Religion, ed. by Roy Flechner and Sven Meeder, (London/New York: Palgrave, 2019), 68-85 and 248-249.
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