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Joasaph II in an Unpublished list of the Metropolitans of the Ethiopian Church

 

The present article is based on a rather scarce information on the Metropolitan Joasaph II (III) who was at the head of the Ethiopian Church during 33 years at the beginning of one of the most complicated period in its history marked with the almost complete collapse of the Christian kingdom on the Horn of Africa. All the mentions of that high-ranking clergyman extracted from the royal chronicle of the King Täklä Giyorgis I and other regional chiefs were thoroughly examined. Moreover, a previously unknown list of the Metropolitans of Ethiopia, which contains the unique data about Joasaph II, was for the first time taken from an unpublished manuscript of the monastery Däbrä Damo and translated into Russian with commentary. As a result the author succeeded in making a consistent sketch of that ambitious person who was unable to put the end to the long-standing theological schism in the Ethiopian Church, but left fond memories of himself among his flock.