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Oldest Christian Basilica

  Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa Archaeologists now can more closely date when the religion spread to the Aksumite Empire By Andrew Lawler |  Smithsonianmag.com | December 10, 2019 In the dusty highlands of northern Ethiopia, a team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa, a find that sheds new light on one of the Old World’s most enigmatic kingdoms—and its surprisingly early conversion to Christianity. An international assemblage of scientists discovered the church 30 miles northeast of Aksum, the capital of the Aksumite kingdom, a trading empire that emerged in the first century A.D. and would go on to dominate much of eastern Africa and western Arabia. Through radiocarbon dating artifacts uncovered at the church, the researchers concluded that the structure was built in the fourth century A.D., about the same time when Roman Emperor Constantine I legalized Christianity in 313

Have a Good Look

  Stresemanns Bushcrow (endemic bird, Ethiopia) by Rich Lindie

Early Baboon

Early Baboon Gets the Mountain Dew © 2021 by ECJ

The Big Rains

The Big Rains By Mabel Burton Suddenly, Eucalyptus trees Around me Flashing, dipping, dancing, Thrashing me; A cacophony of sound Envelops me; The winds come screaming Frightening me, The rushing, roaring rains in torrents Beating me. Scimitars of light rend dark skies Blinding me; Thunderous, ear-splitting blasts join the Symphony. Nerves stretched taut, my soul cries out In agony. Then, as suddenly It seems an angel of light appears Accusingly, And, at the sight, all sound flees and instead Of fury, A gentle quiet reigns, light floods the sodden earth Shiningly, And all is peace again.  Ethiopia Observer, vol.13 (1970), n.1, p.36 Mabel Burton, a British teacher, taught shorthand at The Addis Ababa Commercial School in the early 1960s.