Theodore of Tabennisi (Saint)
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(4th cent., Egypt) was the fourth general superior of the Pachomian Federation. The son of a prominent Upper Egyptian family, he joined the Pachomian movement in 328 where he became a favorite of Pachomius. He eventually assumed leadership of the movement from Horsiesi, stemming an imminent breakup of the Federation. He reestablished centralized authority, fashioned new regulations to ensure unity among the monasteries within the system, and developed closer ties with the Alexandrian episcopacy. In addition to his major role in the Vita Pachomii, three fragmenta…

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Goehring, James E., “Theodore of Tabennisi (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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