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Old January 5th, 2017, 08:03 AM   #11
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What can you present to us that would show that this statement is even remotely true?
I have no facts to present. But I find it odd that Christanity would be made an official religion before there were any actual Christians around. Though, at least Frumentius himself was there .

Maybe Frumentius had a huge charisma or he presented some financial benefits for people of court if they have it for official religion just out of nowhere.
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I have no facts to present. But I find it odd that Christanity would be made an official religion before there were any actual Christians around. Though, at least Frumentius himself was there .

Maybe Frumentius had a huge charisma or he presented some financial benefits for people of court if they have it for official religion just out of nowhere.
If you haven't already, you might want to read the material in the link that I provided earlier.

Here it is again https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frumentius
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The region / territory / country that we know today as Ethiopia was not always clearly defined as it is today, for many centuries it was a vague and imprecise designation that the Europeans (let me freely use this word) used to designate an unknown land south of Egypt. The references to the Ethiopians were very early, even we consider some translation liberties, and were mentioned by Homer and in the Bible.

Anyway, if we look to the region that we later knew as Ethiopia, we see the arise of Aksum somewhat after the year 300 AD. But in this early arise the Aksumites had a pantheon of Gods and were not Christians. In the early of the century IV it became official religion and coins were issued with the cross, under King Ezana. It seems that Frumentius was the responsible for this as Swagganaut stated, but he seems to study this much more in detail. The best source for this is probably Rufinus and his “Ecclesiastica historia”.

It seems that around the century VI Christianity was already largely spread.
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If you haven't already, you might want to read the material in the link that I provided earlier.

Here it is again https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frumentius
Yes, well, he was the future ruler Ezana's childhood tutor and when in power Ezana made Christianity the official religion. There were some Christian merchants around before that and some natives that Frumentius (and his brother) had converted.

At least the king was convinced that his former tutors religion is good and that's all you needed back then, I guess.
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Was Aksum originally a Jewish settlement ? Like its connection with Solomon's son Menelik

Also see Aksum was too close to the Jewish settlements in Ethiopia

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I rely purely on internet and there seems to be both 330AD and 340AD as a date for conversion of Aksumite court.
According to my source (Francis Breyer - "Das Königreich Aksum", so "The Kingdom of Aksum") the conversion occured in 333 after the Ethiopian calender. The Ethiopian calender is 7 years behind our one though, therefore it's 340 AD.

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Was Aksum originally a Jewish settlement?
Unlikely. As already noted by Tulius the Aksumites worshipped pagan gods before they converted. Sabaen ones to be exact.

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Like its connection with Solomon's son Menelik
As Eritreans love to point out: That geneaology is ficitional, invented after the conversion to Christianity. Before the conversion the kings claimed to be sons of the local gods. Think it was the Aksumite version of Ares.

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Also see Aksum was too close to the Jewish settlements in Ethiopia

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Note that this map only depicts the estimated Jewish populations of the Middle Ages, from around 1300-1600. We know virtually nothing about the Jewish communities of Aksumite times.
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A good resource for general information on ancient Ethiopia is Stuart Munro-Hay's book Aksum: An African Civilisation of Late Antiquity. The book contains numerous details about the culture of Aksum, including information about their conversion to Christianity.

Here's a link to the book:

http://www.dskmariam.org/artsandlitr.../pdf/aksum.pdf
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A good resource for general information on ancient Ethiopia is Stuart Munro-Hay's book Aksum: An African Civilisation of Late Antiquity. The book contains numerous details about the culture of Aksum, including information about their conversion to Christianity.

Here's a link to the book:

http://www.dskmariam.org/artsandlitr.../pdf/aksum.pdf
Very nice.

Thank you very much for the book link.
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Sure. Glad to be of help.
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I forgot to mention that while the text of the pdf version of Munro-Hay's book is perfectly fine, only a few of the images from the book are included, unfortunately. So in order to see all of the photographs and illustrations one would have to get the physical copy of the book from a library.
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