Classic DACB Collection

All articles created or submitted in the first twenty years of the project, from 1995 to 2015.


Ancient Christian Church

Guba, Abba, was, with Abba Zä-Mika’él ‘Arägawi, one of the Nine Saints of the Ethiopian Church. He reputedly came from Cilicia and, after remaining with Abba Päntäléwon for some time, he went out into the desert of Bäräka and disappeared. Together with Abba Afsé, he is commemorated on the 29 Genbot (5 June). By a scribal error, they sometimes appear in the manuscripts as two of the ninety saints.

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This article is reproduced, with permission, from The Dictionary of Ethiopian Biography, Vol. 1 ‘From Early Times to the End of the Zagwé Dynasty c. 1270 A.D.,’ copyright © 1975, edited by Belaynesh Michael, S. Chojnacki and Richard Pankhurst, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All rights reserved.