Afework Hailu serves EGST as lecturer in Church History . He holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. His doctoral dissertation was titled The Shaping of Judaic Identity of the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church: Historical and Literary Evidence, which discussed the origin and development of the so-called Jewish cultural elements such as circumcision, and Sabbath in the Ethiopian Church. The study analysed pertinent historical, archaeological, and literary evidence available from the Aksumite, Zagwe, and ‘Solomonic’ dynasties. The study will be published as ‘Jewish’ Elements in the Ethiopian Church (Gorgias Press, USA).
Lecturer in Church History
- Ph.D., Department of Religions and Philosophies, University of London, SOAS. Dissertation: The Shaping of Judaic Identity of the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church: Historical and Literary Evidence.
- MA in Cultural Studies, Addis Ababa University, Institute of Ethiopian Studies.
- MART, Department of Theology and Philosophy, Free University Amsterdam.
- MTh, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST).
Dr. Afework earned Masters degrees from Addis Ababa University in Cultural Studies, the Free University Amsterdam in Church History, and a Master of Theology from EGST. He has taught theological and historical courses in theological colleges in Ethiopia. His general academic interest is in the field of history, but specifically a history of Christianity, African and Ethiopian church history, Eastern Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations, Muslim-Christian relations, culture and culture formation, religion and Development/Environment. He has a growing passion for the study of practical aspects of church reform.