Talk:Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church

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Spelling of Tewahdo[edit]

Just noticed this had been moved from "Ethiopian Orthodox Church." The article's name now includes "Tewahdo." Isn't the usual English spelling "Tewahedo?" -- Gyrofrog (talk) 03:27, 26 May 2005 (UTC)

I guess the spelling of "Tewahedo" really doesn't matter, both can be correct. It's not like it is an English word. Mesfin
The page name should match the standard Wikipedia name for the church; then the other spelling can be the forwarding link. Tb (talk) 05:17, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

Ok, the page is now named correctly. Tb (talk) 13:17, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

it is Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo not Tewahedo

Origins section[edit]

There are a couple problems with this text. In the ErOTC we consistently refer to Abyssinia instead of Ethiopia. Now for Ethiopianist this may seem like a trivial issue, but consider that Abyssinia to an Ethiopianist is a term encompassing all Ethiopians and their former territories while for an Eritrean it solely refers to the historical Abyssinian Empire, not it's modern manifestation. As such I believe this section should more accurately reflect the ErOTC dogma. Secondly this does not really seem to fit. If anything it should be in a section about a "people" (ethnic group) or in a religion section of a country article. Finally, the prose does not carry the same tone as typical Wikipedia article, instead it seems to be written as a journal entry. I am not quite sure if this was accidental or not Cluckbang but I will try to make the changes myself to the article, or you can do it but I think it should be done before it goes back into the article. --Merhawie 16:41, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

Another example of Ethiopia's affinities in the bible is the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch as written in Acts, Chapter 8, verse 27: "Then the angel of the Lord said to Philip, Start out and go south to the road that leads down from Jerusalem to Gaza. So he set out and was on his way when he caught sight of an Ethiopian. This man was a eunuch, a high official of the Kandake (Candace) Queen of Ethiopia in charge of all her treasure." The passage continues by describing how Philip helped the Ethiopian understand one passage of Isaiah that the Ethiopian was reading. After the Ethiopian received an explanation of the passage, he requested that Philip baptize him, which Philip obliged. I cross referenced some of my Ethiopian materials and discovered that Queen Gersamot Hendeke VII (very similar to Kandake) was the Queen of Ethiopia from the year 42 to 52. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was founded in the fourth century by Syrian monks. Historically, the Ethiopian and Eritrean churches have had strong ties with the Egyptian Coptic church, the Egyptian Church appointing the archbishop for the Eritrean Church. They gained independence from the Coptic church in the 1950´s, although the Eritrean Orthodox Church has recently reforged the link.

Remove duplication[edit]

Since the history of the ErOTC is practically the same as the Ethiopian OTC before 1950, wouldn't it serve the subject better by removing all of the material before that date & replacing it with an explanation of why the two churches separated? (BTW, the paragraph that tries to explain this, as it currently reads, is too confusing for me to understand.) -- llywrch 20:27, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

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