The Ethiopian church in Jerusalem was one of the first established Christian churches there. Soon after the resurrection of our Lord Eyesus Kristos, Ethiopian monks and holy men and women as well began streaming to the Holy Land, many of whom never returned home, but lived a holy life there instead.

There is innumerable evidence regarding the presence of the Ethiopians in the Holy Land and the properties they possessed: During the Moslem conquest of Jerusalem (634-44 A.D.), the Ethiopian community occupied very important parts of the holy places, including the Monastery of Der Seltan (Deir es Sultan) and among the Christians to whom kalif Omar promised protection were the Ethiopians.