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African Christianity in Ethiopia

by Joel Elowsky

Along with Egyptian Christianity, one of the longest and most enduring Christian cultures on the continent of Africa is that of the Ethiopian Church. Christian histories by Rufinus and Socrates Scholasticus tell us about how the kingdom of "India"  (the ancient name for Ethiopia) was converted to Christianity by Frumentius. The story, as reported by the ancient church historians Sozomen, Socrates Scholasticus and Theodoret can be read by following the links provided. There is, however, also the story told in art as can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Emma George Ross
Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is where I used to take my Drew University students in my History of Christian thought course. I invite you to explore these links and articles to appreciate one small aspect of the richness of the Ethiopian church's early history.

Posted in Figures, Africa, Ethiopia

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