BP Editing wrote:For centuries, historians have widely accepted the argument that Armenia was the first Christian nation.
Now, a new book entitled The Abyssinian Christianity: The First Christian Nation? (©2012), authored by Mario Alexis Portella and Abba Abraham Buruk Woldegaber, O. Cist., is challenging this argument, presenting the possibility that Ethiopia was the first Christian nation.
Armenia's claim on this meaningful title is primarily based upon the celebrated 5th century work of Agathangelos' The History of the Armenians. In it, he says as an eyewitness that after the Armenian King Trdat III was baptised c. 301/314, he decreed Christianity was the state religion. While one cannot easily deny this baptism, Abyssinian Christianity presents studies revisiting this era in Armenian history.
The Acts of the Apostles describes the baptism of an Ethiopian eunuch shortly after the death of Christ. Eusebius of Caesaria, the first church historian, in his Ecclesiastical History further tells of how the eunuch returned to his land to diffuse the Christian teachings.
Before the Ethiopian king Ezana embraced Christianity for himself and decreed it for his kingdom c. 330, his nation had already constituted a great number of Christians.
Can a nation only become Christian if there is an official decree from its sovereign? If that were the case, then the Kingdom of Edessa would be the 1st Christian state in c. 218. As we see with Abyssinia, and Israel before it, a nation is not restricted to political boundaries.
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Brendan Pringle, Editor
Conformist wrote:If the definition is changed, then there will be new challengers for the first position. Israel was the first country in which Christianity spread like wild fire, then in the first century it spread to Asi Minor, and onto the heart of the Roman Empire.
Changing the definition could cost Ethiopia even the second place.
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