Ras Tafari Renaissance

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,


I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures.

Now, with that said, let us go right into this…

So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, nonetheless studied the Torah portion of A’KH’arei Mot-אַחֲרֵי מוֹת , for this week, in this mode of study, for those out in the diaspora or outside Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5773 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 9th & 10th of the month of Iyar- אִייָר‎ . (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) but,  from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as Kemotu BeKH’wala-ከሞቱ በኋላ, on the 11th(፲፩) & 12th(፲፪) day of ወርኀ(month)- ሚያዝያ(Meeyazya). The Ethiopic calendar, which is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez-ግእዝ).


Leviticus 16:1- 18:30

Ezekiel 22:1-19

Hebrews 9:11-28

Now, for in summation of the study we have in front of us; In this portion of the study of the Scriptures, after the death Aaron’s two sons (Nadab & Abihu),

Nadab & Abihu, sons of Aaron
Nadab & Abihu, sons of Aaron

Moses is instructed by God to teach the children of Israel his ways for properly conducting themselves for the service of the Tabernacle. This portion of the Scriptures deals with the rituals which have become what is known today as Yom Kippur(the Day of Atonement), among the Hebrew/Judaic failthful.

When Moses receives the laws and instruction for the practices to be conducted, he is instructed to “cast lots” upon two goats, for the children of Israel. One “lot” is to be cast for an offering to God & the other for a “scapegoat.”


[Lev. 16: 7-10]

The one goat that was be presented before God, for a sin offering. The other goat was to be left alive, presented to God for an atonement & set free into the wilderness carrying the sins of the children of Israel away from the camp.

painting of the “Scapegoat” by William James Webb

 This ritual along with the other practices of the offerings/sacrifice were to be done in the Tabernacle(Mishkan), especially as a statute for Israel on the 10th day of the 7th(Tishrei-תִּשְׁרִי) month. [Lev. 16:29]





Also, in the parsha(portion) other commandment, laws, and statutes were given to the children of Israel to follow to keep themselves set apart from the other people they might find themselves around. [Lev. 18]


–to keep up with an accurate number of the readings of the Torah for the yearly cycle

So, with the portion of the A’KHarei Mot-Kemotu BeKh’wala, the portion of Kedoshy’im-קְדֹשִׁים , will be read for this week’s Sabbath in the order of the Hebrew/Judaic cycle readings. This study comes to us as Q’idusan-ቅዱሳን, from the Ethiopic-Christian perspective.

The Gleaners (by Gustave Doré from the 1865 La Sainte Bible)
The Gleaners (by Gustave Doré from the 1865 La Sainte Bible) ; Lev. 19:9

The Hebrew word of Kedoshy’im and the Ethiopian-Amharic word of Q’idusan, has its resonance and definition found in the English as, ” the holy ones .” This notion of conclusion comes from Leviticus 19:1-2, where God speaks to Moses, instructing him to tell the children of Israel to “sanctify themselves” or “make themselves holy,” for he is “Holy.”

Molock, Ammonite god
Molock, Ammonite god

In this study of the Scriptures God lays out more of his commandments & statutes which the children of Israel are to follow & keep, whether just among themselves or among other people of other nations. [Lev. 20 {entire chapter}]

Offering to Molech (illustration from the 1897 Bible Pictures by Charles Foster)
Offering to Molech (illustration from the 1897 Bible Pictures by Charles Foster)

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