Classic DACB Collection

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Yaeqob I

Alternate Names: Ya’eqob I
Orthodox Church

Ya’eqob I, Abunä (perhaps fl. c. 9th century A.D.), appears in several lists of the Metropolitans of Ethiopia. A bishop of this name appears as the thirtieth ecclesiastic to hold office in the list published by Wright, and as the forty-eighth in the list published by Zotenbeg. A Metropolitan of this name is also mentioned by the Coptic historian, Girgis ibn al-‘Amid (al-Makin), and Chaîne has suggested a tentative dating of c. 848 A.D., but has pointed out the possibility of confusion with a predecessor, Yohannes I.

Richard K. P. Pankhurst


W. Wright, Catalogue of the Ethiopic Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1871), 320.

H. Zotenberg, Catalogue des manuscrits éthiopiens de la Bibliothéque Nationale (Paris, 1877), 263.

M. Chaîne, La chronologie des temps chrétiens de l’Egypte et de l’Ethiopie (Paris, 1925), 266-267.

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.