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Za-Azeb, Salama

Alternate Names: Zä-‘Azéb, Sälama
Orthodox Church

Sälama Zä-‘Azéb, Abunä (perhaps fl. 9th or 10th century A.D.), was Metropolitan of Ethiopia in the reign of Emperor Del-Nä’ad according to the Gädlä ‘Iyäsus-Mo’a. He encouraged the Emperor to build the Church of St. Stephen on Lake Hayq, which was later to be associated with the monastery of Abba ‘Iyäsus-Mo’a. He is said to have come to Ethiopia 618 years after his namesake Sälama I, St. Frumentius.

A. K. Irvine


S. Kur (ed. and trans.),Actes de Iyasus Mo’a, Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, Scriptores aethiopici, t. 49 and t. 50.

Taddesse Tamrat, “The Abbots of Däbrä-Hayq 1248-1535,” Journal of Ethiopian Studies, Vol. VIII, No. 1 (1970): 85.

——–, Church and State in Ethiopia 1270-1527 (Oxford, 1972), 36, n.3.

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.