The Orthodox Church Of Ethiopia

The Orthodox Church of Ethiopia PDF
Author: John Binns
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 320
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Surrounded by steep escarpments to the north, south and east, Ethiopia has always been geographically and culturally set apart. It has the longest archaeological record of any country in the world. Indeed, this precipitous mountain land was where the human race began. It is also home to an ancient church with a remarkable legacy. The Ethiopian Church forms the southern branch of historic Christianity. It is the only pre-colonial church in sub-Saharan Africa, originating in one of the earliest Christian kingdoms-with its king Ezana (supposedly descended from the biblical Solomon) converting around 340 CE. Since then it has maintained its long Christian witness in a region dominated by Islam; today it has a membership of around forty million and is rapidly growing. Yet despite its importance, there has been no comprehensive study available in English of its theology and history. This is a large gap which this authoritative and engagingly written book seeks to fill. The Church of Ethiopia (or formally, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church) has a recognized place in worldwide Christianity as one of five non-Chalcedonian Orthodox Churches.As Dr Binns shows, it has developed a distinctive approach which makes it different from all other churches. His book explains why this happened and how these special features have shaped the life of the Christian people of Ethiopia. He discusses the famous rock-hewn churches; the Ark of the Covenant (claimed by the Church and housed in Aksum); the medieval monastic tradition; relations with the Coptic Church; co-existence with Islam; missionary activity; and the Church's venerable oral traditions, especially the discipline of qene-a kind of theological reflection couched in a unique style of improvised allegorical poetry. There is also a sustained exploration of how the Church has been forced to re-think its identity and mission as a result of political changes and upheaval following the overthrow of Haile Selassie (who ruled as Regent, 1916-1930, and then as Emperor, 1930-74) and beyond.


Filisata

Filisata PDF
Author: P̣āwlos (ʼAbuna)
Publisher:
Category : Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Languages : en
Pages : 425
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Filsata

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Author: Paulos Yohannes
Publisher:
Category : Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Languages : en
Pages : 367
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An Interpretive Account Of Belief And Practice

An Interpretive Account of Belief and Practice PDF
Author: Abba Hailegebriel Girma
Publisher:
Category : Ethiopia
Languages : en
Pages : 96
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This book is concentrated on the Church's belief and practices (the Sacramental services) because the aim of this book is to observe the theological doctrine of the whole Sacraments in Ethiopian Orthodoxy. This book also focuses on dogmatic theology and sacramental services in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church with emphasis on the development of these services especially for the seven sacraments of the Church. In addition, this book explores the general concepts of Religion, the Church Holy Tradition, Prayer and the Church Sacraments by explaining how they are important in the life of the faithful and how understanding of they are developed in the Church.


The Role Of The Orthodox Tewahedo Church In Biodiversity Conservation The Case Of Some Churches In Nderta Tigray

The Role of the Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Biodiversity Conservation  the case of some churches in   nderta  Tigray PDF
Author: Gebrehiwot Gebreslassie Zesu
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 111
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Master's Thesis from the year 2012 in the subject Cultural Studies - North African Studies, grade: Very good, , course: Social Anthropology with Concentration on Environmental Anthropology, language: English, abstract: The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which is believed to be the largest of the five non-Chalcedonian Eastern Churches and is believed as playing an important role in Ethiopian life is a unique church deeply based upon Ethiopian history, social life and ethics. In addition to its religious services, i has a long tradition of conserving biodiversity. Hence, if a traveler sees a patch of indigenous big trees in the northern highlands of Ethiopia, most probably there is an Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the center. Having the main objective of investigating the role of the Orthodox Tewahedo Church in biodiversity conservation, the paper deals with the religious values (principles and actions) of the EOTC that are in favor of biodiversity conservation. In line with, it tries to explore the church values in relation to biodiversity conservation in terms of the sacred and profane (space wise dichotomy). Moreover,identify the cultural bases on what plants and animals are conserved in the Church compounds. For this purpose, four churches were purposely selected from Ìnderta wereda. To encounter informants in their everyday life, the researcher lived for five months in the churches especially, in churches of Mika‘el Tsellamo and Mika‘el Romanat and use ‘Participant observation’. Moreover, the researcher used semi-structured and informal interviews. To this end, semi-structured interview was conducted with 40 purposely selected respondents. Accordingly, 30 respondents from Mika‘el Romanat and Mika‘el Tsellamo (15 from each) and 10 respondents from Khokholo Yowhannis and Mika‘el Dagya churches (5 from each) were interviewed. Moreover, in-depth interview was hold with key informants from the churches. Besides, different secondary sources were employed. The Church is playing a prominent role in conserving the biological diversity. Results indicated that it is due to the sacredness of the Church area that the plants and animals are well-conserved in the churches. It was found that the community respect and conserve natural Church plants and animals with no discrimination regardless of their benefits to the Church and the communities. In general, from the results, it was concluded that the sacredness of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church area have a prominent role for sustainable biodiversity conservation. Thus, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo believers are Anthropocentrists outside the church compounds and Deep ecologists within the church compound.