Dr.Afework Hailu Beyene

Dr.Afework Hailu Beyene

Lecturer in Church History

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).

  • 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.

  • Jewish’ Elements in Ethiopian Gorgias, forthcoming in 2018.
  • “Some Notes on Sabbath Observance in Didəsqəlya and its ecclesiastical, and theological influence,” under review for Journal of International Ethiopian Studies. This article is developed from the academic presentation “Sabbath Observance in Didəsqəlya and Senodos and its ecclesiastical, and theological influence” at the 19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Warsaw, Poland, 27 August 2015.
  • “Beyond Myths towards Christian-Muslim co-existence in Ethiopia” under review. An article developed from ZMO (Berlin) Summer Seminar, 2016.
  • “Engaging Gender-Biases in Ethiopia: Experiences of EOC nuns and lay-female members” for EGST’s Theology-Gender Research.
  • “Environment and Ethiopian Orthodox Church” for EGST’s Theology-Environment Research.
  • “The Religio-Political and Historical Location of the Compilation and Appropriation of the Kəbrä Nägäśt: An Argument for the 14th Century.” SBL, San Antonio, TX, 19 November 2016.
  • “The Origin of the Ethiopian ‘Jewish/Hebraic’ Culture:  A Reflection on Circumcision and Sabbath Observance,” EGST Academic Seminar, 13 February 2014.
  • “Jewish/Hebraic Cultural Formation in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church,” SOAS Center for World Christianity, 16 June 2014.
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