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New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby BP Editing » 01 Mar 2013, 00:35


For centuries, historians have widely accepted the argument that Armenia was the first Christian nation.

Now, a new book entitled The Abyssinian Christianity: The First Christian Nation? (©2012), authored by Mario Alexis Portella and Abba Abraham Buruk Woldegaber, O. Cist., is challenging this argument, presenting the possibility that Ethiopia was the first Christian nation.

Armenia's claim on this meaningful title is primarily based upon the celebrated 5th century work of Agathangelos' The History of the Armenians. In it, he says as an eyewitness that after the Armenian King Trdat III was baptised c. 301/314, he decreed Christianity was the state religion. While one cannot easily deny this baptism, Abyssinian Christianity presents studies revisiting this era in Armenian history.

The Acts of the Apostles describes the baptism of an Ethiopian eunuch shortly after the death of Christ. Eusebius of Caesaria, the first church historian, in his Ecclesiastical History further tells of how the eunuch returned to his land to diffuse the Christian teachings.

Before the Ethiopian king Ezana embraced Christianity for himself and decreed it for his kingdom c. 330, his nation had already constituted a great number of Christians.

Can a nation only become Christian if there is an official decree from its sovereign? If that were the case, then the Kingdom of Edessa would be the 1st Christian state in c. 218. As we see with Abyssinia, and Israel before it, a nation is not restricted to political boundaries.

For details, please visit http://BP-Editing.com.

Contact:

Brendan Pringle, Editor
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Re: New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby Conformist » 01 Mar 2013, 01:01


If the definition is changed, then there will be new challengers for the first position. Israel was the first country in which Christianity spread like wild fire, then in the first century it spread to Asi Minor, and onto the heart of the Roman Empire.

Changing the definition could cost Ethiopia even the second place.



Re: New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby Naga Tuma » 01 Mar 2013, 01:49


BP Editing wrote:For centuries, historians have widely accepted the argument that Armenia was the first Christian nation.

Now, a new book entitled The Abyssinian Christianity: The First Christian Nation? (©2012), authored by Mario Alexis Portella and Abba Abraham Buruk Woldegaber, O. Cist., is challenging this argument, presenting the possibility that Ethiopia was the first Christian nation.

Armenia's claim on this meaningful title is primarily based upon the celebrated 5th century work of Agathangelos' The History of the Armenians. In it, he says as an eyewitness that after the Armenian King Trdat III was baptised c. 301/314, he decreed Christianity was the state religion. While one cannot easily deny this baptism, Abyssinian Christianity presents studies revisiting this era in Armenian history.

The Acts of the Apostles describes the baptism of an Ethiopian eunuch shortly after the death of Christ. Eusebius of Caesaria, the first church historian, in his Ecclesiastical History further tells of how the eunuch returned to his land to diffuse the Christian teachings.

Before the Ethiopian king Ezana embraced Christianity for himself and decreed it for his kingdom c. 330, his nation had already constituted a great number of Christians.

Can a nation only become Christian if there is an official decree from its sovereign? If that were the case, then the Kingdom of Edessa would be the 1st Christian state in c. 218. As we see with Abyssinia, and Israel before it, a nation is not restricted to political boundaries.

For details, please visit http://BP-Editing.com.

Contact:

Brendan Pringle, Editor
BP Editing
abyssinianchristianity@gmail.com
bp-editing.com

Let us try to think critically before accepting something attached to you by other people. Do they want to own what is attached to you or do they want you to own it?

If and when you have read the following books, you will start to get a better picture that may help you critically revise what you have ingrained.

1) Moses and Monotheism, written in Germany by Sigmund Fraud, a Jewish man (if I am not mistaken), published around 1939. World War II started around that time. His main argument is that the Jewish people didn't call themselves the "chosen people". He argued that an Egyptian Pharaoh who fled his country imposed that claim on the Jewish people. The book almost sounded like spare them. Read the book and be the judge.
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2) Moses and Akhenaten by Ahmed Osman, an Egyptian(?) Egyptologist. He didn't counter argue Sigmund Freud's claim but agreed with him and tried to argue that Monotheism went to Egypt from its south. He sounded that he wanted to put the "blame" elsewhere. He pointed out that it was a root cause for the decline of Egyptian civilization. Read the book and be the judge.
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3) Stranger in the Valley of the Kings, also by Ahmed Osman (I have yet to read this book, so I can't comment on it)
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Who was it that wrote that people from Ethiopia are not interested in deep knowledge or something like it. If you take flattery stories without critical evaluation, he may be right.



Re: New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby BP Editing » 01 Mar 2013, 02:25


Conformist wrote:If the definition is changed, then there will be new challengers for the first position. Israel was the first country in which Christianity spread like wild fire, then in the first century it spread to Asi Minor, and onto the heart of the Roman Empire.

Changing the definition could cost Ethiopia even the second place.


Ethiopia was “the second nation after Israel to believe in Christ; and the Ethiopian Church became the first Church in Africa,” meaning the first nation to accept the new religion. The quote is from Abune Paulos.

To learn more, I would suggest visiting bp-editing.com. thanks for your interest!



Re: New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby Zack » 01 Mar 2013, 07:51


What about the Syrians, , Ethiopia might be the first in Africa but not the world



Re: New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby Degnet » 01 Mar 2013, 08:05


Zack,
there was no difference between Jerusalem and Syria at that time,after the death of the saint Estifanos,the new Church was in Damascas as you can read it in the book of acts.



Re: New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby BP Editing » 02 Mar 2013, 16:44


It all depends on how one defines a nation. If we can define Israel as a nation, we can define Ethiopia as a nation for similar reasons. Check out www.bp-editing.com for more details!



Re: New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby BP Editing » 02 Mar 2013, 16:52


Also, Armenia's claim as the first Christian nation is pretty weak.

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Re: New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Postby CDE » 02 Mar 2013, 23:24


BP Editing wrote:This book is for sale at Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Abyssinian-Christ ... ristianity

It's good marketing from the author.

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