The Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Theology, doctrines, traditions, and practices

Authored by: Eshete Tibebe , Tadesse W. Giorgis

The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138092303
eBook ISBN: 9781315107561
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315107561-20

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Abstract

Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa is often associated with the coming of Western missionaries and colonialism. Ethiopia is an exception to this in many ways. Ethiopia is often described as a Christian state before Christianity. There is a grain of truth in the statement. Ethiopia is one of the most ancient nations to embrace Christianity amidst its preexisting cultural and commercial dialogues with the Mediterranean world. It constitutes a unique strand of Christianity that was deeply influenced by Judaism, essentially resulting from its early and long-standing contact with Israel. It is also a typology of faith that has been considerably influenced by its own local or preferably African contexts, and above all by, its historic isolation from the rest of the world for centuries.

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