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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 152

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The Rule of St. Benedict was written in the sixth century by St. Benedict. It is written in sixth-century Latin, and it’s still relevant today in a direct sense. Many modern-day monasteries use the book and its 73 chapters as a guide for their daily living. It’s essentially an extension of what the Bible values, starting with an emphasis on aiding your fellow man and on normal fasting and praying.

Interestingly, Rule of St. Benedict is focused on helping regular Christians, not monks who live alone. This is especially the case since it’s different than other books like Rule of the Master, which focused on fasting and self-denial.

Instead, there’s an emphasis on living in a balanced way. This means that the book makes provisions for letting people sleep enough, not working more than six hours a day in manual labor, and taking the elderly and sick into account.