Ethiopic Gospels

An Ethiopian Journal

This striking manuscript comes from the oldest independent country in Africa. It was commissioned in the late 1600s by the emperor for use in his royal city of Gondar. Generously illuminated with distinctive miniature paintings and highly decorative coloured borders, this is one of the most beautiful of the Library’s Ethiopian manuscripts. Its many illustrations include Moses, Aaron, Ruth, Eusebius, John and Carpanius, scenes from the life of Christ, and portraits of the Evangelists.
Ethiopic Gospels: Annunciation to Zacharias – The Gospel of St Luke begins with a description of the events surrounding the birth of St. John the Baptist. According to his account Zacharias, a priest, was burning incense in the Temple of the Lord when the angel Gabriel appeared to him and told Zacharias that he would have a son, who would ‘make ready a people prepared for the Lord’ (Luke 1:…

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