The Influence of Judaism on the Socio-Cultural Life of the Old Kingdom of Ethiopia.

Authors: Victoria Alapo*, Metropolitan Community College
Topics: Africa, Bible Geography, Historical Geography
Keywords: Africa, Pre-Colonial Africa, Ethiopia, History of Ethiopia, Christianity in Ethiopia, Judaism in Ethiopia, Historical Geography, Cultural Geography.
Session Type: Paper
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Judaism had a powerful influence in shaping the Old Kingdom of Ethiopia (i.e. Ethiopia pre-1974). The ancient form of Christianity (Ethiopian Orthodox) that developed in the country many centuries ago especially shows such a marked and ingrained influence. The strong relationship that existed between Judaism and Ethiopian Orthodoxy was evident, from the church rituals themselves, religious attire, and architecture, to the various dietary laws, and in the everyday lives of average Ethiopians. The objective of this research is to explain, the role of Judaism in shaping life in the Old Kingdom of Ethiopia. The research also explores the socio-cultural impacts of the religious interaction between Ethiopia and Southwest Asia (the Middle East), through many centuries. Information will be obtained from translations of original ancient African manuscripts, and other historical documents and works. This subject is of great importance, because in fact, this impact is still evident today in the way many Ethiopians live

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