This unit explores the development and structure of the Rule of St Benedict with an emphasis on the study of primary sources and the spirituality underlying the Rule. It will examine the significance of the Rule throughout history as well as its importance as a source of formation for ministry in the life of the Church today and for the future.

Unit Code: CH9050P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse the key sources for the structure and development of the Rule of St Benedict and explain their significance in relation to the spirituality of the Rule.


Articulate key principles of historical interpretation of ancient Christian sources of the Rule.


Identify key features of the spirituality emanating from the Rule and demonstrate the reasons for their centrality to the Rule


Exegete selected passages in the Rule.


Discuss and synthesise for a contemporary audience the implications of the understanding of the Rule for ministry in the contemporary Christian church


Critique secondary sources related to the Rule.


7 days intensive, lecture/seminar style and website resources


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Overview Exercise (1000 words)

0 30.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegesis of the Rule Essay (2000 words)

0 30.0

Research Essay (3000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-28 13:09:13 +1100