coenobitism

coenobitism

(ˈsiːnəbaɪˌtɪzəm)
n
the practice of coenobites

cenobitism, coenobitism

the action of or motivation for becoming a member of a religious order living in a monastery or convent. — cenobite, n. — cenobitic, adj.
See also: Monks and Nuns
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Goehring suggests that the episode of ritual purification in this Pachomian text may have been shaped less by the historical context of sixth-century Pachomian coenobitism than by the literary and theological culture fostered in the scriptorium in which the Life was transmitted, that of the monastery of Shenoute of Atripe, in which his own voluminous literary corpus--also reflecting an interest in purity language--was transmitted.