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Document Type



righteousness, salvation, faith, eecmy, theology, eotc, ethiopian, sola fide

Submission Type

Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Some of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus (EECMY) members’ understanding of righteousness and salvation fits into neither Pauline nor Jacobite teaching.1 This short paper examines whether Christians in Ethiopia today correctly understand the whole account of Scripture about righteousness and salvation. It also analyzes what the Scriptures and the Lutheran teachings say on the subject. Knowingly or unknowingly, the full biblical message on soteriology has been neglected by some Christians, which has resulted in a confused understanding of righteousness and salvation. Finally, this paper attempts to bridge the gap between the EOTC and the EECMY members’ perception of righteousness and salvation based on the Scriptures and the Lutheran teachings.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:10; James 2:14–26; Galatians 5:19–21; Galatians 6:7–10; Romans 12:1–2;

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Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

People in this Resource (separated by commas)

martin Luther, Robert Kolb,