A striking feature of the first communal monasteries is the degree of authority the monks gave to their superiors. Why did so many Christians flock to these new communities and yield total control to the abbot? This essay considers how Pachomius, the founder of cenobitic monasticism, and his successor Theodore, gained such trust and confidence.
Rolfe, Alexander, "Sources of Authority in the Koinonia" (2001). Faculty Publications - George Fox University Libraries. 19.