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Tewahedo Church of Ethiopia, an autonomous Oriental Orthodox congregation The nation’s capital, Addis Abeba, serves as the headquarters.

It is thought that the eunuch in Jerusalem, who is talked about in The Acts of the Apostles, was the first Ethiopian to become a Christian. According to tradition, St. Matthew and St. Bartholomew were the first to evangelize Ethiopia in the first century CE (8:27–40). In the fourth century CE, St. Frumentius, who later became the first Ethiopian bishop, and Aedesius, who may have been his brother, helped bring Christianity to Ethiopia. They gained the king’s trust in Aksum (a significant kingdom in northern Ethiopia) and were given permission to evangelize. Frumentius baptized the reigning monarch, Ezana, and Christianity was declared the official religion. At the end of the 5th century, nine Syrian monks are thought to have brought monasticism to Ethiopia and helped get the Bible translated into the Geez language.

Following the Coptic (Egyptian) church (now called the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria), the Ethiopian church did not agree with the Christological decision made by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 CE, which said that Jesus Christ’s human and divine natures were both present in one person but did not mix.

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