Was Ethiopia the First Christian Nation?

Pictured: According to Ethiopian legend, King Lalibela received help from angels building the church to create a New Jerusalem. Created out of rock, this structure dates back to the 11th century and measures over 37 feet high. (Reuters)

For centuries, historians have widely accepted the argument that Armenia was the first Christian nation. This important claim has become a source of national pride for Armenians and has remained virtually undisputed for centuries — until now.    Was Ethiopia the First Christian Nation?