Theodore of Tabennisi (Saint)(185 words)

(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 fragmentary instructions…

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Goehring, James E.. "Theodore of Tabennisi (Saint)." Religion Past and Present. Brill Online, 2015. Reference. 31 March 2015 <>
First appeared online: 2011
First Print Edition: isbn: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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