Peace to you always...
From my point-of-view, which may not be considered by others, some of your statements have opened Pandora's Box. I think that many of your references stem from an article that an Islamic professor or doctor wrote some time ago and this article is all over the internet [http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/36178]; forgive me if I'm incorrect.
Your opinion is your opinion and your comments are welcomed; I say this with all humility-within in my heart and before all.
Of course, Semitic speaking peoples are not the beginning or end of any nation or the human race as a matter of fact, but the language is not limited to the Semitic peoples of Ethiopia.
The general statement of the article (that I posted) is to point out that the etymology of the word 'habesha' is not a derogatory term and not one of 'Arab' origin. Even using the term 'Arab' must be done with caution in many senses, because 'Arab' could be used to describe a wide range of species: Language, Region, Food&Culture, Attire and so many other pertaining things.
"Eritreans are Ethiopians..." Archdeacon, with all due respect, we must be careful of political tensions and awareness.
The article specifically points out that the term habesha is used to contain these strifes and to refute division(s) and tensions among the 'family'. Of course, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Sudanese, Somalians, Kenyans and even many Egyptians are Black and of the Black Race, but we know for sure, that when one Ethiopian wants to define, anatomize and even identify himself (or herself) with someone who 'appears' to be 'Ethiopian'; he or she will ask, "Are you habesha?"
It is true that Tigrayans, Amharans and other Hamo-Semitics of Ethiopia are only 30% or so of the population.
You are correct in agreeing with all of us that Ethiopians come in a wide array of skin tones, facial features, hair types or whatever may fit the description--this is not an argument.
On the other hand, you should very well know that Ge'ez is Hamo-Semitic language-100%!
What does the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church teach?
(1) Ge'ez a self-contained language within the Semitic family. The general view therefore, is that the Ge'ez alphabet is the originator of the same language--Ge'ez.
(2) Ge'ez, being of the Semitic family, it follows that its alphabet did not develop by itself alone, but has been influenced by the Semitic languages such as Sabean, Hebrew and Arabic.
(3) According to some Ethiopian Church scholars, the Ge'ez alphabet was found in the time of Henos (Enoch) who was a devoted servant of God. In recognition of his faith in God and of his service to Him, the Almighty revealed to Henos the vision of the Ge'ez alphabet written in Heaven. The first human to use the alphabet is believed to be Henoch of the Old Testament. Henoch supposedly wrote the Book of Henoch in Ethiopic around c. 3350 B.C. As of then, the alphabet has been used as the door in writing and for the development of literature. They also named it alphabet to mean: writings.
On the other hand, since every written language has its basis in its alphabet, the opinion that stipulates that alphabets are found through miracles is not tenable in the view of many scholars, and therefore, there is no doubt that the alphabet has its roots in the Ge'ez language. Although it is obvious that the alphabet is founded upon the Ge'ez language, in the Church's long history, scholars of the EOTC have contributed much in improving the shapes and forms of the alphabet as well as giving depth to the language.
Archdeacon, words like: wahid, may (water), s'me, selam, ab, weld, q'dus, ras, tarik, a'klil, bayt, a'yn, dem, q'esis, mahandis, bint, ibn, im'ho, set, saaq, amin, tselot, semay, sayf, layl, imnet, me'lak, mote, tsome, gennet, hiwa, kahin, alem [etc. Sorry, I don't know enough Ge'ez, Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic to continue at the moment].
...are exact or almost exactly the same as the Arabic equivalent. I didn't even compare Amharic to Arabic [Hebrew, Aramaic].
So are you implying that Ge'ez borrowed these words, or that the other languages borrowed from Ge'ez?
I think that Ethiopians are speaking a lot more Arabic (and other Semitic languages) and other peoples are speaking a lot more Ethiopic than they believe.
The behavior of the language is Semitic. The script used to be written from right to left as the others (until St. Frumentius changed it upon his return from Alexandria). In all the writings that I'm familiar with, I have never heard of any historian or scholar dating the time when Semitics and Ethiopian Cushites began to interact.
I respect HIM Haile Selassie I very much, but I also understand that in his great efforts to modernize Ethiopia, the vast majority: Oromos and the poor alike were highly oppressed by the Bete-Mengist and other officials, even the religious. His Majesty's very own mother was an Oromic Muslim...
Thanks for letting me post.
Peace to you and your mission,