Search
Close this search box.

Ethiopian Bible

Holy Land Revealed

The Ethiopian Bible holds a special place in the religious and cultural heritage of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. It is a collection of sacred texts that includes the books found in the Western Christian Old Testament and several additional books and variations unique to the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition. Here are some key aspects of the Ethiopian Bible:


The Ethiopian Bible
Ethiopian Orthodox Monk From Debre Damo Monastery With An Illuminated Bible.

Old Testament:

The Ethiopian Bible includes the standard Old Testament books in most Christian traditions. However, it also contains several additional books not present in the Western Christian canon, such as the Books of Enoch, Jubilees, and the Prayer of Manasseh.



Deuterocanonical Books:

The Ethiopian Bible includes several books that are considered “Deuterocanonical” by some Christian traditions, meaning they are included in the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) and some early Christian manuscripts but are not present in the Hebrew Masoretic Text. These books include Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Baruch, and 1 and 2 Maccabees.



Unique Books:

Moreover, the Ethiopian Bible also includes books that are not found in other Christian canons at all, such as the Book of Enoch or the Book of Jubilees, which holds special significance in Ethiopian Christianity and has been preserved in Ge’ez, an ancient Ethiopian scriptural language.



Old Testament Variations:

The Ethiopian Old Testament includes some variations in the text of certain books compared to the texts found in other Christian canons. These variations reflect the distinctive textual traditions of the Ethiopian Church.

Language:

Furthermore, the Ethiopian Bible is primarily written in Ge’ez, an ancient Semitic language historically used in Ethiopian religious and scholarly texts. Ge’ez is no longer widely spoken but remains a liturgical and scriptural language in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.



Manuscript Tradition:

The Ethiopian Bible has been preserved through a rich tradition of manuscripts. These manuscripts are often adorned with intricate artwork and decorations, reflecting the reverence and devotion with which they are regarded.


Deir Es- Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem 
Home Page - Holy Land Private Tours - Ethiopian

Cultural Significance:

So, the Ethiopian Bible is a religious and cultural treasure. It has played a vital role in shaping the religious identity and spirituality of the Ethiopian people. Furthermore, the stories, teachings, and ethical principles contained within the Bible have influenced Ethiopian art, literature, and society for centuries.

Liturgical Use:

In addition, The holy text is central to the worship and liturgical practices of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. It is read during religious services, and its teachings guide the faith and practices of Ethiopian Christians.

Last, the Ethiopian Bible is a unique expression of Christianity, preserving a distinct textual tradition and contributing to the rich tapestry of global Christian heritage.

arik-about

Hi! My name is Arik, an Israeli native who dedicated his life to sharing my passion for the Holy Land with those interested in knowing more about this incredible piece of land. I’m the Chief Guide at ‘APT Private Tours in Israel’.

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Simon Peter

RELATED POSTS

The Druze

The Druze are an Arabs ethnoreligious group originating who self-identify as The People of Monotheism, with a community in Israel.

Purim

Purim commemorates the events described in the Book of Esther, a tale of courage, resilience, and the victory of the Jewish people.

Resheph

Resheph (also Reshef) was a deity associated with plague (or a personification of plague), war, and sometimes thunder in ancient Canaanite religion. The originally Eblaite ...

The Alpha and the Omega in Christianity

The term Alpha and Omega in Christianity comes from the phrase "I am Alpha and Omega" said by Jesus in the Gospel according to John

Mount Tabor Religious Importance

So let’s begin by saying that Mount Tabor Religious Importance is central in Jewish tradition. First, because of its prominent shape and being observed from ...

Tel Dan in the Bible

Tel Dan in the Bible was an important city in the Bronze and Iron Age. these days it is an impressive archaeological tel located up ...

What is the Praetorium

The Praetorium is also used in reference to the trial of Jesus Christ, as described in the New Testament. To learn more click here!

Jerome

Jerome was a theologian and historian. He is known for translating the Bible into Latin (Vulgate) and his commentaries on the Gospels.

Jesus is Taken to the High Priest

So Jesus is taken to the High Priest, according to the Gospel of John Jesus was brought first before Annas. What was said there exactly?

Gergesa

Gergesa, also Gergasa; or the Country of the Gergesenes; is a place on the eastern (Golan Heights) side of the Sea of Galilee; located at ...

Need help?

Skip to content