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ETHIOPIAN COPTIC GOSPEL IS OLDEST AND MOST COMPLETE ON EARTH

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SATURDAY 10 JULY 2010 / BY LEILA KADDOUR-BOUDADI, TRANSLATED BY CHIGBA NJOKANMA

The Abba Garima manuscripts, kept in an Ethiopian monastery and until now considered to be from the 11th century, have made a journey back in time. Carbon-14 dating has revealed them to be from an earlier period—between 330-650 AD. As it stands, Ethiopia possesses the oldest illustrated copy of the Gospel in the world.


No one could have guessed that one of the manuscripts kept at the Abba Garima monastery, near Adwa in the North of Ethiopia, was the oldest illustrated Bible yet to be discovered. However, after recent carbon-14 dating, there is no more doubt that the manuscripts at Abba Garima, named after the monk who founded the monastery, are not from the 11th century AD as specialists were determined to believe, but rather from between the 4th and 6th century A.D.





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Seal of the Coptic (Hebrew/Christian) Empire of Ethiopia






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