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Bar Kribus - The Monasteries of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews)

 

The Monasteries of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews)


Bar Kribus

 


The Beta Israel are the only known Jewish / Judaized group to have developed a monastic order modeled after the Christian monastic tradition. My research will address the issues of the location and layout of their monasteries, the nature of their communal organization and their daily routine, based on the examination of written sources, the documentation of oral sources and an archaeological survey of the remains of Beta Israel monasteries and monastic dwellings. A comparison will be conducted between Beta Israel and Ethiopian Orthodox (Christian) monasticism, in order to better understand which elements of Beta Israel monasticism are affiliated with Christian monasticism, and which may have developed in a Beta Israel context.

 

 


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