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Christian Theology in African Context

Essential Writings of Eshetu Abate

Samuel Yonas Deress, editor

Eshetu Abate, a son of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, was a theological thinker, pastor, and a leader of considerable reputation. Through his lectures and writings, he has contributed to the development of theology in an African context. In his leadership and life testimony, he was able to influence his students, who later became leaders in different churches and organizations throughout the world. He is one of the few Ethiopian theologians who has initiated the conversation about Christian theology from an African perspective. He understood his own context, which included the crucial, existential issues that African Christians were facing, to be the legitimate context out of which Christian theology should emerge. He did so without compromising the centeredness and uniqueness of Christ. He served as a teacher and vice principal at the Tabour Mekane Yesus Seminary in Hawassa (1981-1983). When Tabour Seminary was confiscated by the former Marxist Government of Ethiopia, he was called to Mekane Yesus Seminary, where he served as a teacher and academic dean of the Department of Theology (1988-1992) and as principal (1996-2000). He was one of the visionaries who started the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, where he lectured for two years (1994-1996). In the meantime, he was called by the Addis Ababa Mekane Yesus Congregation to ordained ministry and served the congregation on a voluntary basis. He also served at the Bible Society of Ethiopia as consultant for Bible translation. Eshetu was a lecturer at Concordia Seminary in Irvine, California, as member of Christ College's faculty from 2002 until his death on December 28, 2011.

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ISBN: 978-1-942304-09-8
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