Classic DACB Collection

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Qerelos (Abba)

Alternate Names: Qérelos
Orthodox Church

Qérelos, or Gérelos, Abba, was the bishop, or pappas, “in the country of Amhara, during the Zagwé kingdom,” who first made St. Täklä-Haymanot a deacon, “in the days when Abba Benyamin was Archbishop of Alexandria.”

A reference to an archbishop, or liqä-pappasat Qérelos, appears in a land grant given by Emperor Yekuno-‘Amlak in 1269/70. Other references to the same person are found in unpublished MSS. of the Gädlä Zéna-Marqos and Gädlä Qäwestos at Däbrä Libanos.

Belaynesh Michael


E. A. Wallis Budge, The Life and Miracles of Takla Haymânôt (London, 1906), 52, 68, 69, 314.

C. Conti Rossini, “L’evangelo d’oro di Dabra Libanos,” Rendiconti della Reale Accademia dei Lincei, Vol. X (1901): 196.

Taddesse Tamrat, Church and State in Ethiopia 1270-1527 (Oxford, 1972), 70, n. 1.

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.