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Title: The Reception of Ignatius of Antioch in Ethiopic Literature
Subtitle: A Survey
Author(s): VILLA, Massimo
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 98    Issue: 3   Date: 2022   
Pages: 463-479
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.98.3.3290972

Abstract :
In this contribution I study the presence and circulation of the writings of Ignatius of Antioch in Ethiopic literature. In Ethiopia Ignatius was undoubtedly less popular than other subapostolic authors and his epistles were never translated in their entirety into Ethiopic. However, fragments of his corpus reached the Horn of Africa via Copto-Arabic sources in the form of quotations. As is often the case with patristic literature, the Ignatian legacy was characterized by adaptations and pseudepigraphy. Genuine and spurious quotations are found in Severos of Ašmunayn’s works, translated into Ethiopic no later than the fourteenth century, and two additional pseudo-Ignatian quotations are transmitted in the Hāymānota ʾabaw, or 'Faith of the Fathers' (sixteenth century). These fragments were later incorporated into several commentaries and treatises of theological and catechetical contents.

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