The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Tradition

A brief introduction to its life and spirituality

Christine Chaillot
Paris 2002

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Christine Chaillot is a laywoman of the Eastern Orthodox Church (Patriarchate of Constantinople). For years she has travelled and met Oriental Orthodox communities and prelates in the Middle East and elsewhere. Her main interest is in the Dialogue between the Eastern Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox Churches and people at a practical level. Through her writings and pictures. she aims to encourage these encounters and also wishes to present the life and spirituality of the Oriental Orthodox Churches to the ecumenist and general reader alike.


This book was written to give a brief introduction to the life and spirituality of the African Church born in the kingdom of Axum in the 4th century, in the land south-west of the Red Sea, which is known today as Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The Oriental Orthodox Christians of these two countries have the same faith, the same liturgical practices and monastic asceticism, and a common literary production in the ancient Ge'ez language.

A summary will be given of their history, the Church administration, the history of the Sunday Schools, missionary activity and the diaspora, and traditional and modern theological teaching.

At different levels this Church Tradition is unique and provides a very good example of successful inculturation.

The Oriental Orthodox Family also includes the Copts, the Armenians, the Syrian Orthodox of Antioch and the Malankara Orthodox in India.

ISBN 83-85368-98-1

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