Geez (ግዕዝ) Bible - New Testament

Geez (ግዕዝ) Bible - New Testament

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Geez (ግዕዝ) Bible - New Testament

Geʽez (; ግዕዝ, Gəʿəz IPA: [ˈɡɨʕɨz] (listen); referred to in some scholarly literature as Classical Ethiopic) is an ancient South Semitic language of the Ethiopic branch. The language originates from the region encompassing southern Eritrea and northern Ethiopia regions in the Horn of Africa. Today, Geʽez is used only as the main liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Ethiopian Catholic Church and Eritrean Catholic Church, and the Beta Israel Jewish community. However, in Ethiopia, Amharic or other local languages, and in Eritrea and Ethiopia's Tigray Region, Tigrinya may be used for sermons. Tigrinya and Tigre are closely related to Geʽez.The closest living languages to Geʽez are Tigre and Tigrinya, with lexical similarity at 71% and 68% respectively. Some linguists do not believe that Geʽez constitutes a common ancestor of modern Ethiosemitic languages, but that Geʽez became a separate language early on from another hypothetical unattested language, which can be seen as an extinct sister language of Amharic, Tigre and Tigrinya.