PS. the others using Kibre negast which is not a cannonical book of the church and also the rastafarian commentary of it which totaly distorts its usage of scriptural reference to fit thier fetish of an Earthly Utopia, and referenses of some material between the Zagewe Dynasty and the Axumite one which Ethiopians already know to be the political propaganda between two house of royalities , here taken out of context to make it a matter of Faith, is all in the mind of the Rastafarian Monarchists who consistently miss out on the reality of Ethiopian History and the present day plight of the people.
I am not even gonna bother with adressing that rubbish!
The Kibre Negest is not a book of the biblical
canon, but is, it seems to me, part of these books considered as worthy to be read. Now, I don't think it means all the books below are to be read without being tested, as if their contents were somehow infaillible, but you should notice that the Kibre Negest was more than considered/venerated in Ethiopia during centuries, it is a fact, until these recent times when the book has begun to be largely questioned by people of your opinion. This is why I spoke of a "blatant compromise", or rather, contradiction.
But books, which should be considered for higher education and could be prepared carefully in order to suit modern thinking, are the following:
1. Theological books such as the following
- Haymanote Abew or the Faith of the Fathers in which other writings of the Apostolic Fathers and also of the Eastern Orthodox Church fathers are to be found.
- Works of St. Cyril and many other writers.
- The exegesis of the letter to the Hebrews by St. John Chrysostom.
- The pastoral work of St. John Chrysostom.
- Severious of Asmunage – a collection of twelve exegetical works, which prove the teaching concerning God.
- A book that proves the existence of God Hilawae – Melekote
- The book of Hawi, which proves the teaching concerning God.
- Book of the mystery by Abba Georgis containing arguments and evidence about the mysteries.
- Religious documentary book by Jacob of Elbaredia.
- The true faith (written during the reign of Zera Yacob)
- The five pillars of the Sacraments (as Catechism).
M E I L A D
2. Books that have the orders of the church
- The liturgical book with the 14 Anaphora
- Ghitsacwa –Lectionaries or a list of annual reading of the scriptures during the liturgical service and other prayer hours.
- The book of the Sacrament of Matrimony (Metsehafe Teklil)
- The book of Baptism
- The book of Ordination
- The book of Covenant
- The prayer book for the dead
- The prayer book of the Incense
- The book of Canon
- The prayer book of purification
3. Books on Church administration and on counseling
- A big book on the Synod of the Apostles in four parts
- The Didache and Abthulis
- The book on the Synod of Nicea
- The book on the Synod of Galatia
- The book on the Synod of Antioch
- The book on the Synod of Lethokia
- The book on the Synod of Kerthica
- The book on the Synod of Esrskousia
- The book on the Synod of Srethia
- The book of Fetha Negast
- Spiritual Medicine (Fewse Menfsawi)
- Exegesis on the meeting of clergy (Tikbe Kahenat)
4. Scared books
Most of these books are written in sections or parts for bindings, these are
- The old & The New Testaments
- The Books of the scholars of the Church
- Metsehafe Menequsat (book of the Monks)
5. Hymn books, mostly by St. Yared
- Thesome Digua
- Liturgy (Kedasie)
- Saatat (of Abba Giorgis)
6. Books on Calendar
- Book of Abushakir
- Sid, the Son of Batrik
- Mark son of Kenbar
- Leader of Blind – by Demetros
- Mathematics concerning calendar by the Monastery of Bizen
7. Historical Books
- First writing on Zion
- Biography (Gedle) of Lalibela
- History of the Kings of Axum
- History of the Kings of Zagwe
- On the treasure of the kings
- On the honor of the Kings
- Biography (Gedle) of Tekla Haimanot
- George the son of Amid
- History of Alexander
- Works of the brothers – Part II
- Books on preaching
8. Compositions (works) on the virgins (celibates)
- Writings (compositions) on the woman who anointed Jesus
- Compositions (writings) on the Samaritan woman
- Writings on the birth of Christ
- Writings on Epiphany
- Writings on the Resurrection etc.
9. Writings that describe the biography of the martyrs
Biography and works of St. George
“ “ “ St. Kopnious
“ “ “ St. Irenaeus
“ “ “ St. Gelwdewos
“ “ “ Forty soldiers of Heaven
10. Different philosophical books
- Wogris the Wise (philosopher)
- Angare Felasfa (collections from philosophers)
- Thoughts and commentary of Zera Yacob of Axum
11. Books on the tradition and culture of the country
- On old age and adolescence
- Customs and traditions of Ethiopia
12. Books on nature and science
- Books on nature and science Part II and I
- Phisalgos on animals and others
13. Books, which show writings of compositions
- The composition or writing of one of the criminals (outlaws), who was hanged with Jesus
- On the Miracles of St. Mary and many other apocryphal books are to be found.
14. Ancient grammatical books
There are very many grammatical books written by different people and found at different places in the world. The above noted are but a very few examples from among the different books numbered by the thousands that the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church has. In the past, at present and even in the future either in the church or at the schools what the church uses for educational services was and will not be outside of these books.
My Rastafarian commentary of it which totally distorts its usage of scriptural reference you say?
Actually I was just saying what this book says. Show me my
distortion please. If you disagree with the passage of the Kibre Negest which I quoted, and if you also disagree with my commentary on the spiritual Zion in the form of a spiritual pearl dwelling within the Tabot made by Moses, dwelling within the Tabot but above the things therein, then it means you do not really disagree with me, but with what this book says.
And, Can you deny the role of St. Tekle Haymanot in the ascension of Yekuno Amlak, a Solomonic, on the throne? After all, to my knowledge the Zagwes were Christians, so Why should St. Tekle Haymanot (one of the major Saints of Ethiopia) play an active role in the restoration of the Solomonic house, at the expense of the Zagwes, if it was not considered important at that time that a biological descendant of David be on the throne of Ethiopia? Do you insinuate that the passage I quoted from the article (concerning St. Tekle..) does not say something factual?
In the preface of the Kibre Negest, translated by E.A. Wallis Budge, Mr. Budge also says: "At lenght (Ie. after the approximative 330yrs of rule of the Zagwes) there appeared a member of the Solomonic line called Yekuno Amlak (1270-85) in Shoa, and with the help of the great Saint Tekle Haymanot he expelled the Zagwes and became "King of the Kings of Ethiopia". In return for this help of the Saint, Yekuno Amlak agreed to give to the Church one-third of the revenues of his kingdom, and his successors have, on the whole, followed his example."
The kingdom of God is in our midst now, within us, among us; and the kingdom of heaven is coming in the next age, following the glorious Parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection [of the flesh]. There is the Head, Christ, and there are the members, the Christians. I simply aknowledge a certain high and particular role/function/position of these Ethiopian Solomonic Kings in the Old, as well as in these times of New Testament era.
I do not understand everything in the Kibre Negest, and I confessed it in another topic. There are lots of things in it which I need to clarify, things unclear to my mind, yet I think I have to accept the essence of its message, even though I do not currently seize all its mysteries. Maybe am I wrong. Maybe not.
In the colophon of the book, the compiler, "Isaac (Yesehaq) the Poor" as he calls himself, says:
'''In the Arabic text it is said: "We have translated this book into Arabic from a Coptic manuscript belonging to the throne of Mark the Evangelist, the teacher, the Father of us all. We have translated it in the four hundred and ninth year of mercy in the country of Ethiopia, in the days of Gebre Maskal the King, who is called Lalibela, in the days of Abba Giyorgis, the good bishop." And God neglected to have it translated and interpreted into the speech of Abyssinia. And when I had pondered this, Why did not Abalez (?) and Abalfarog (?) who translated the book [into Arabic] translate it [into the speech of Abyssinia]? I said this: It went out in the days of the Zagwes, and they did not translate it because this book says: Those who reign not being Israelites are transgressors of the Law.
Had they been of the kingdom of Israel they would have translated it. And it was found in Nazret (Nazareth?).'''
Don't you think, Hiwot, that many of your generation and the generation just before you, have thrown the baby out with the bathwater? You will deny, but I think so. You even suggested by saying "...it is absolutely not the return of the Monarchy but the establishment of the Federal Democratic Government which upholds the Rule of Law!" that you are not at all interested for even welcoming constitutional monarchy, a crowned republic. Well, okay