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 Other references to the same person are found in unpublished MSS.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.
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.