Jesus Christ as Ethiopian propaganda ?

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Was Jesus an invention of Ethiopian Christian Church that is 1900 years old ?
 

AlpinLuke

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Was Jesus an invention of Ethiopian Christian Church that is 1900 years old ?
This is a curious alternative I have never heared about. Why did they need such an invention? They had their Solomon tradition to sustain their original Judaist roots ... [and the Ark of the Covenant at Axum. Not bad as relice!].
 
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This is a curious alternative I have never heared about. Why did they need such an invention? They had their Solomon tradition to sustain their original Judaist roots ... [and the Ark of the Covenant at Axum. Not bad as relice!].

Hitchens and Dawkins fans believe that Jesus and Christianity were an invention of the ancient Romans...How can they explain the fact that in Ethiopia they worship Jesus since 1 century A.D ?
 

ameteurhistorian

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The oldest Christian Church is the Armenian Church, followed by the Ethiopian by a couple decades to a century depending on how you cut it. That said, Christianity didn´t come into full force in Ethiopia until around the 4th century AD, not the 1st, as part of the Coptic Church of Alexandria under Emperor Ezana.
 
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The oldest Christian Church is the Armenian Church, followed by the Ethiopian by a couple decades to a century depending on how you cut it. That said, Christianity didn´t come into full force in Ethiopia until around the 4th century AD, not the 1st, as part of the Coptic Church of Alexandria under Emperor Ezana.

Christianity in Ethiopia dates to the 1st century AD, arguably the first nation in the world to accept Christianity (the other nation to debate this being Armenia
 

ameteurhistorian

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Christianity in Ethiopia dates to the 1st century AD, arguably the first nation in the world to accept Christianity (the other nation to debate this being Armenia
Ethiopia didn't have a church until a couple of Syrian Christians washed up onto Ethiopia's shores and baptized the emperor at the time. Before Ezara's reign in 330 AD, Christianity was likely limited to a few ports like Adulis to a handful of visiting traders and merchants, most likely from the Near East. Either way, Jesus wasn't Ethiopian, or an Ethiopian invention.
 

AlpinLuke

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Technically Armenia saw the same process as the Roman Empire. It was Tiridates IV [The Great] to make Christianity the official religion of the country in early IV century CE.

I would say before of Constantine [but it's a matter of years].
 

Kookaburra Jack

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Ethiopia
By 331 AD, Frumentius returned to Ethiopia, he was welcomed with open arms by the rulers who were at the time not Christian. Ten years later, through the support of the kings, the majority of the kingdom was converted and Christianity was declared the official state religion"
Seems likely that typically serious Roman propaganda was immediately associated with the magnanimous gesture of Constantine to associate his imperial majeste with the figure of Jesus Christ (via the Chi-Rho) and thus to the monopoly religious business known as the [Nicene] Christian Church "Organisation".

Any nation that wanted to do business with the Roman Empire after the year 325 CE (with the exception of Julian) had to effectively do business with the Roman Emperor's New Christian Cult, the politics of the "Bishops" and the over-arching authority of the Nicene [Council] "Fathers of the Church".

Constantine personally appointed his Bishops in the new Roman religion. Each Bishop was responsible for a small region called a diocese, and enjoyed the local control of the area in all matters of Roman religion. The more important administration responsibilities was work involving financial and administration duties.

In total it has been estimated that the empire hosted in this fashion as many as 1800 of Constantine's new bishops. Constantine often referred to himself as "Bishop of bishops", the reference having twofold significance in that the Greek "episkopos" (bishop) also means "spy".


WAR IS A RACKET

Constantine was at war.

Ethiopia capitulated 331 CE to Constantine.

The so-called Ethiopian Christian Church was a later construct of the victors.
 
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