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Bibil Identifier bibil:261362
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Traditions : Ethiopic
Author Piovanelli, Pierluigi
Edited book A Guide to Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission
Year (Reference) 2019
Language English
Pages 35-47 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The first wave of Jewish and Christian pseudepigrapha reached Eritrea and Ethiopia in the wake of the Christianization of the Aksumite kingdom, in the middle of the fourth century of our era. Their Ethiopian acculturation was a part of the process of translating the ensemble of the Scriptures, including “apocryphal” texts, from Greek originals into Gǝʿǝz, or Classical Ethiopic. As a result, the pseudepigrapha were copied for centuries in the same manuscripts as other biblical texts. After a long period of relative isolation, the re-establishing of regular relations with Egyptian Christianity, in the thirteenth century, led to a complete re-examination and revision of Ethiopian Scriptures and other religious texts. The pseudepigrapha were scrutinized, discussed, edited, eventually newly translated from the Arabic or, in a few cases, abandoned. The theological debates about the status of some of these texts played a major role in their active preservation in Ethiopian culture.
DOI 10.1093/oso/9780190863074.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ethiopia : Literature
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible Translation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Jewish Christianity
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