According to the guide, this book was very, very, very old. It is, in fact, hundreds of years old. It was miraculous because it withstood the test of time while being stored outside and being handled by human hands each and every day.
Do you believe him?
Despite the nonsense regarding the authenticity of this book, it was interesting to see the illustrations and the languages used within. The form of Christianity practiced in Ethiopia could best be compared to the Coptics of Egypt but really it is still quite different and represents something of a mix between Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
IF YOU GO: Bahir Dar is actually an easy bus ride from Addis Ababa and there are fairly comfortable coaches that can be booked. Whenever booking transportation in Ethiopia however, be sure to triple confirm the time and date of your ticket. Once in Bahir Dar you need only walk to the water to find yourself a boat trip to visit these ancient texts stored on the islands of the lake.