Ethiopia: The First Christian Nation? Print


Photo: Reuters According to Ethiopian legend, King Lalibela received help

from angels building the church to create a New Jerusalem. Created out of

rock, this structure dates back to the 11th century and measures over 37

feet high.


For centuries, historians have widely accepted the argument that Armenia was the first Christian nation. This important claim has become a source of national pride for Armenians and has remained virtually undisputed for centuries -- until now. 

Armenians will likely be up at arms when they learn that a new book -- “Abyssinian Christianity: The First Christian Nation?” -- is challenging their claim, presenting the possibility that Abyssinia (modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea) was the first Christian nation

To be sure, the book doesn't conclusively assert that Ethiopia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as its state religion. However, it will surely challenge the confidence of modern Church historians with groundbreaking evidence.

Ethiopia: The First Christian Nation?