Samuel of Dabra Wagag

Samuel Of Dabra Wagag

Samuel of Dabra Wagag

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Abba Samuel (Ge'ez: አባ ሳሙኤል Abbā Sāmū'ēl; b. c. 1350Steven Kaplan, Hagiographies and the History of Medieval Ethiopia, History in Africa, African Studies Association, 1981, p.114.) of the monastery of Dabra Wagag (Ge'ez: ዘደብረ ወገግ za-Dabra Wagag, modern ze-Debre Wegeg, "of Dabra Wagag") was an Ethiopian saint living in the latter half of the 14th and the first decades of the 15th century. The source for his life is his Gadl (a type of Ethiopian hagiography), most accessible in Stanislas Kur's French translation of the Ge'ez original, Actes de Samuel de Dabra Wagag. The original work (Ge'ez: ገድለ ሳሙኤል ዘወገግ Gadla Sāmū'ēl za-Wagag) survives only in two 20th century manuscripts, both copies of a 16th century revision of an earlier composition.Kaplan, Hagiographies and the History of Medieval Ethiopia, pp.110-1.

Birth and childhood, education.

Like the parents of many other saints, and reminiscent of the story of Hannah and Elkanah in the opening chapters of the Books of Samuel, Abba Samuel's parents, Andreyas ("Andrew") and Arsonwa, longed for a child, but were almost too old to beget one. After a visit of the saint Tekle Haymanot (a chronological impossibility as Tekle Haymanot had died before Samuel's birth) to the aging couple, Arsonwa became pregnant and gave birth to a son, with the help of a......
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