Efrem Soryawi

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aka Ephrem the Syrian (306-373).

Efrem’s writings seem to have been introduced to the Ethiopian Church by the “Nine Saints”. They arrived in Axum around AD 480 and established Ge’ez as the language of worship.

The Weddase Maryam is attributed to Efrem.

For further reading

Ephraim Isaac (1975), “Efrem Soreyawi”, in Belaynesh Michael, S. Chojnacki and R. Pankhurst (eds.), The Dictionary of Ethiopian Biography, vol. 1. Addis Ababa: Institute of Ethiopian Studies.

» Read online version (Dictionary of African Christian Biography)

Grohmann, Adolf (1919). Aethiopische Marienhymnen (Abhandlungen der philologisch-historischen Klasse der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 33, 4). Leipzig.

Murray, Robert (1982). “Ephrem Syrus”, in G. Krause, G. Müller et al. (eds.), Theologische Realenzyklopädie, vol. 9, pp. 755-762. Berlin / New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Weninger, Stefan (2005). “Ephrem”, in S. Uhlig (ed.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, vol. 2, pp. 331-332. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.