Thadou Bible Project
17 November 2017
The Thadou people are the largest tribe in Manipur, India, according to the state census of 2011, and Thadou is spoken in north east India and in adjacent parts of Burma and Bangladesh. William Pettigrew, a Scottish Christian who worked in Manipur as a missionary from 1894, introduced Christianity to the Thadous. Today, a great majority of the Thadou people are Christians.
The Society has been working on a Thadou project for many years, with the first edition of the New Testament being published in the 1970s. This was followed by a second edition in 2014, 5,000 copies of which eventually arrived in Manipur early in 2015 to the great delight of the many people who had eagerly awaited the new edition.
By God’s grace, revision of an unpublished Thadou translation of the Old Testament has recently concluded, and the files are now with the Society. The Thadou Bible translation committee are currently reviewing the New Testament to ensure consistency with the Old Testament, and once that work has been completed the text will be checked by the Society’s Editorial Department, and any further corrections made. Following this, the Bible will need to be prepared for printing.
We look forward in the coming years to being able to publish the entire Bible for the Thadou people, remembering that ‘the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart' (Hebrews 4.12).