Yosef Hemmed (Qeshi)

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Life and ministry

Yosef Hemmed (Qeshi) was born in 1881.

He served as teacher at the SEM stations in Imkullu (1903-10) and Geleb (1911-25).

He was ordained in 1920 and served as a Pastor in

Qeshi Yosef translated some hymns into Tigre.

He passed away in 1966.

Songs in hymn books


Därus Ṣəyon, 1931

  • 5 of the 310 hymns were translated by Qeshi Yosef


Qeshi Yosef Hemmed (standing in the middle), Geleb 1934
(adapted from a photograph at the SEM Archives)

Further reading

Arén, Gustav. Evangelical Pioneers in Ethiopia: Origins of the Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Stockholm: EFS; Addis Ababa: The Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, 1978. [See p. 352, 360, 362]

Lundström, Karl Johan, edited by Ezra Gebremedhin. Kenisha: The Roots and Development of The Evangelical Church of Eritrea (EC) 1866-1935. Trenton, NJ; etc.: The Red Sea Press, 2011. [see index, p. 517]