Ethiopian Christian Manuscript

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This manuscript is a Christian book dating back to the existence of Aksum.The artifact currently is on display at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon.  The Aksumite Empire was located in what is now modern day Ethiopia. The fascinating part about this African empire was that it was one of the first Christian states on the continent and the world . Under King Ezana declared the Aksumite Empire a Christian state, after he converted with the encouragement of Frumentius. He would acquire the position of fist Bishop in 330 C.E. and Ezana would continue to convert the population. Christianity has served as a unifying force in Ethiopia ever since. The world first officially Christian state would also be Africa’s longest independent country. Ethiopian Christianity resembles what the religion would have been like during Jesus’ life. Aksum would later expand their territory into the Arabian peninsula.

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