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Ethiopia

Kaleidoscope For the sake of the Cross

Ethiopia: Seven Days Update (Addis Ababa)
June 10, 1999

Honoring Professor Ephrem

VOA (May 29) carried an interview with Professor Ephrem Yishak, a prominent Harvard scholar, in connection with the recently named Ephrem Yishak Award by the African Studies Department of Harvard University in honor of the Ethiopian scholar for his outstanding contribution in Afro-American studies.

Professor Ephrem Yishak received his BA at Harvard Divinity School. According to him, he is probably the first Ethiopian to graduate from Harvard at that time. He later joined the Harvard Mid-Eastern Languages and Civilization Department and earned his Phd. in 1969 after he wrote his dissertation on the relations between ancient Ethiopian and Hebrew scriptures.

Professor Ephrem established the Afro-American Studies Department in June 1969 and was one of the first lecturers to teach in the department. The department teaches and carries out research on ancient African history and ancient Ethiopian history. There was a Geez Department and an Amharic Department. American history was added later.

Professor Ephrem, now head of the Institute of Semetic Studies at Harvard, has conducted several studies on the relations between Hebrew and Geez. He has also written books on the Ethiopian church and on Metsehafe Berhan, an ancient scripture written during the reign of Atse Zera Yacob. He has also published various scholarly writings and written a number of journals. Professor Ephrem cited the encyclopedia of the Middle Ages as one of the works to which he had contributed.

Publication Date: June 7, 1999


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