ETHIOPIAN PRELATES: YESHAQ I (fl. early thirteenth century)

He succeeded Mika’el II, who had been dismissed from his position. At the request of the negus Lalibala (c. 1190-1230), John VI (1189-1216) chose two brothers from among the monks at the Monastery of Saint Anthony, Yeshaq (Ishaq in Arabic) and his older brother, Yusuf (Joseph). Yeshaq was named metropolitan and his brother, coadjutor. The consecration took place in Cairo on Sunday, 9 Ramadan A.H. 606/7 March 1210.

All other historical data are lacking. The direct successor to Yeshaq I was Giyorgis II.

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