From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Ge'ez is an ancient language that developed in the Ethiopian highlands of the Horn of Africa as the language of the peasantry. It later became the language of the Ethiopian imperial court; it is currently the language of use in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Chruch and the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church. Today Ge'ez remains the main language used in the worship services of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Churches, though Amharic (the main lingua franca of modern Ethiopia) may be used for sermons. The Ge'ez writing system, (or 'Fidel' as it is known in Ethiopia), forms the basis for most scripts used for writing the various languages of Ethiopia. Ge'ez is also still in use by the beta Israel jewish community of Ethiopia for their scriptures and liturgy.