The Ethiopian Homily on the Ark of the Covenant, Amsalu Tefera offers an
editio princeps of the Ethiopic text of
Dǝrsanä Ṣǝyon together with an annotated English translation. This homily, most likely composed in the fifteenth century, links the term Zion with the Ark of the Covenant and recounts at length its wanderings from Sinai to Ethiopia. As a Christian document, many of the events are interpreted as symbolic of Mary and the heavenly New Jerusalem.
First edited by the author for his 2011 doctoral dissertation, the critical text and apparatus present a complete collation of the ten known witnesses to this homily. Detailed notes are supplied on significant and difficult terms in the translation.
Amsalu Tefera, Ph.D. (2011), Addis Ababa University, is an Assistant Professor of Philology at the same university. He has published two books in Amharic and several articles in Western academic journals.
Table of contents
I: Background and Analysis
1. Tabot in the Ethiopian Tradition
2. Traditions on Zion and Axum
3. Discussion and Analysis
II: Text Editions and Translation
4. Critical Edition
5. Annotated Translation
6. News, Miracles and Effigies of Zion
7. Summary and Concluding Remarks
Specialists and students researching Ethiopian biblical interpretation and traditions about the Ark of the Covenant, and anyone interested in Ethiopian Christian literature.