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'PACHOMIUS' - FATHER OF THE COMMUNITY

AGAIBY, ELIZABETH (2015) 'PACHOMIUS' - FATHER OF THE COMMUNITY. Bulletin de la Société d'archéologie copte, 54. pp. 9-38. ISSN 0005-948X

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The 4th century monastic pioneer of communal monasticism – Pachomius – speaks of his community as being one of fellowship, for it is a term that described the early Christians who had all things in common. Pachomius was not just a pioneer of communal monasticism, but a pioneer in Christian living who was divinely instructed to resurrect the life of the early Christian community. This paper seeks to consider how Pachomius’ conversion to Christian and training as an ascetic established the groundwork for his vision of a community of brothers equal and united in prayer and work. In establishing a common rule, I will seek to identify the challenges Pachomius faced, and how equality in all things, including work, was necessary for fostering harmony amongst the brothers.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: monasticism, Egyptian, communal, community, koinonia, fellowship, Pachomius, Antony of Egypt, asceticism, manual labour, work, prayer
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: SAC: St Athanasius College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 05:38
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2019 22:53
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2991

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