Representatives from the Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) have traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to return a sacred, 14th-15th century manuscript to Debre Libanos Monastery, one of Ethiopia’s holiest sites.
The manuscript, known as Tweed MS150, contains two different texts: the Acts of Paul and the Acts of Serabamon. It is part of one of the largest collections of Ethiopian sacred artifacts housed in the United States.
The 240-piece collection was originally gifted to HUSD in 1993 by the late Dr. André Tweed, a prominent psychiatrist and alumnus of the University. The manuscript is a rare text that provides historical insights into early Christianity and the connection between African and Judaic cultures and traditions.