Qérelos (Abuna)

Ancient Christian Church

Qérelos, Abunä (perhaps fl. 7th century A.D.), was a Metropolitan of Ethiopia consecrated by Benjamin, Patriarch of Alexandria 620-665 A.D. This is the first clear indication in Coptic sources of the consecration of an Egyptian Metropolitan to Ethiopia.

Sergew Hable-Selassie


J. M. Neale, A History of the Holy Eastern Church, The Partiarchate of Alexandria (London, 1842), Vol. II, 74.

O. Menardus, “A Brief History of the Abunate of Ethiopia,”* Wiener Zeitschtift fuer die Kumde des Morgenlandes*, 58 (1962): 42.

Sergew Hable Selassie, *Ancient and Medieval Ethiopian History to 1270 *(Addis Ababa, 1972), 193.

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.