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Title: Quotations from Patristic Writings and References to Early Christian Literature in the Books of St. Yared
Author(s): ABRAHA, Tedros
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 122    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2009   
Pages: 331-404
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.122.3.2045875

Abstract :
The main purpose of this article is to enhance the discussion on the role of the Church Fathers and of early Christian literature in the formation of the books attributed to St. Yared (6th cent.), a historical figure, who according to the tradition of the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church is the father of its hymnary and sacred chant. Yared is also acclaimed as the first native author of Gə'əz literature. From this preliminary study it has been possible to establish that in the Yaredian corpus there are explicit and implicit quotations from the writings of the Church Fathers. Elements from early Christian literature too have been detected. The paper has not dealt with, in detail, the history of the transmission of the quotations, allusions and of the other material taken into consideration. Nonetheless, having the texts alongside their sources, paves the way to carry on with an in-depth search for their Vorlage. Interesting clues have been encountered along the way that permit for a glimpse of Yaredian biblical hermeneutics.

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