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Beautiful old prayer amulet containing a tiny parchment Coptic bible written in Ge'ez and bound with a wooden cover. The Ge'ez or Ethiopic script possibly developed from the Sabaean/Minean script. The earliest known inscriptions in the Ge'ez script date to the 5th century BC. Ge'ez, the classical language of Ethiopia which is still used as a liturgical language by Ethiopian christians and the Beta Israel Jewish community of Ethiopia.

Ancient manuscripts from Timbuktu, Alexandra Huddleston

Africa | A pilgrim reads from a well-worn prayer book near the church at Bet Giorgis. The most popular prayers among the Christian Orthodox of Ethiopia are the Psalms of David. Ethiopians are the oldest followers of Christianity on the continent of Africa. Many centuries of isolation from the rest of the Christian world have led the Ethiopian Church to develop its own distinctive interpretation of Christianity. Lalibela, Ethiopia | ©Steve Bloom

Illuminated manuscript, Prayer book of Bishop Leonhard von Laymingen of Passau, Binding,

17th century embroidered Canvas book, pictorial angel and floral motif with two red ribbons. Embroidered Canvas book, pictorial angel and floral motif with two red ribbons. The Booke of Common Prayer (London, 1611) Collection: The British Library

Africa | Beautiful old Prayer box pendant/amulet containing a tiny parchment Coptic bible written in Ge'ez and bound with a wooden cover | Ethiopia | Image copyright Ann Porteus, Sidewalk Tribal Gallery, via Flickr

Hizb (Litany) of An-Nawawi [Turkey] • 18th Century ottoman prayer book