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‘Life’ and ‘Miracles’ of Abunä Akalä Krəstos
Haile, Getatchew, editor

Weisbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017 pp. xii + 146. $68.25

Series Information
Supplement to Aethiopica, 6

Description: This volume contains the hagiographical history, miracles and 'image' of Abba Akalä Krəstos composed by Abba Isayəyyas, edited and translated by Dr. Getatchew Halie. Abba Akalä Krəstos was a seventeenth-century Gondarine prince, son of Gälawdewos. At a certain point in his life, rumours began circulating in the palace that his father, Gälawdewos, was preparing to overthrow his brother, Emperor Fasilädäs (1632–1667). In response, a plan was designed to bring Gälawdewos to the palace. As soon as he arrived, Gälawdewos was slain. When Akalä Krəstos heard the news of his father's murder, he fled in fear of his own life. He took up the monastic garb, and in time became a great ascetic.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Ethiopic

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Review by Nebeyou A. Terefe
Published 10/1/2020
Citation: Nebeyou A. Terefe, review of Getatchew Haile, ed. and trans, ‘Life’ and ‘Miracles’ of Abunä Akalä Krəstos, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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