Translation News

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Another of our very important aims is to promote Bible translations which are accurate and trustworthy. Over the years, the Society has expanded its translation work so that we have Scriptures available in almost forty languages, and ongoing translation projects in a further twenty languages.

TBS Amharic Scriptures21st March 2017

Our Amharic translator has worked extremely diligently in preparing a faithful new edition of the Bible in his native tongue …
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TBS Nepali Scriptures28th February 2017

In 2011 the Society published a new translation of the entire Bible in Nepali, a language spoken by millions in the countries of Nepal, India and Bhutan …
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Vietnamese Scriptures13th January 2017

During a recent visit to Australia, one of the Society’s General Committee members met a Vietnamese minister, who pastors a church in the east of the country …
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Hebrew20th December 2016

The Society’s major project to revise the Delitzsch New Testament (DHNT) continues to make steady progress …
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Shona (Zimbabwe)28th November 2016

In 2014, 40,000 copies of the Shona New Testament were published, all of which have now been distributed …
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Farsi/Persian (Iran)31st October 2016

The revision of the 1895 standard Farsi (Persian) Bible is continuing, albeit at a slower pace than either we or the main translator would wish …
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Chichewa (Malawi)27th September 2016

In 2015 the Society entered into an agreement with the Free Grace Evangelistic Association (FGEA) to prepare an interim Chichewa New Testament …
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Mongolian New Testament12th August 2016

Since 2008 the Society has been working in partnership with firstBible International on a new translation of the Mongolian New Testament …
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Amharic Bible (Ethiopia)28th June 2016

The Society's native Amharic translator continues to prepare a new edition of the entire Bible from the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Texts …
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Maltese Gospel according to John 16th May 2016

In 1980 the Society published the first edition of the Maltese Bible, a translation of the Authorised (King James) Version …
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Spanish Bible Project 201618th February 2016

Since 2006 TBS has been engaged in a detailed revision of the 1909 Spanish Reina-Valera Bible …
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Chinese Words of Life Calendar18th January 2016
The Society is pleased to announce that we are preparing an edition of our popular Words of Life Calendar in Mandarin Chinese for 2017 …
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French Bible Project18th November 2015

It was a time of tremendous joy to the staff at the Society and to our French Bible revision team when 20,000 copies of the French Gospel according to Matthew arrived at our new premises on Monday 19 October …
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Romanian Bible project11th September 2015

It is a joy to be able to report that the revision work on the Romanian Bible was concluded in August and initial proofreading of the revised text has now begun …
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French Project conference4th August 2015

For those interested in our Bible translation work, we would encourage you to read the Report of the Editorial Department in our recently published Annual Report
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Bulgarian Scriptures2nd June 2015

In the past year the Society has embarked upon a revision of the Old Protestant Bulgarian Bible …
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Spanish Bible project April 201521st April 2015

Considerable progress has been made on this project since last year, which is most encouraging …
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Romanian Bible13th March 2015

The Editorial Director and General Secretary hosted a Romanian Bible Revision Conference in London across two days in February (Monday 9--Tuesday 10) …
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Polish New Testament 27th November 2014

For many years the Society has published an edition of the Gdansk Polish New Testament which was revised in the 19th century …
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Web publication of Chinese Gospel according to John10th October 2014

The Society is delighted to announce that our new translation of the Chinese Gospel according to John has been approved for publication on our website …
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Shona Bible project26th September 2014

In January 2009 intensive work began on a major revision of the Shona New Testament from the commonly-used Shona Union Bible …
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Amharic Bible project12th August 2014

In the Lord's goodness, the Society has a number of translation and revision projects in progress …
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Spanish Bible project 20142nd May 2014

Friday 2 May will be the first full working day of an intensive conference for the five executive members of the Spanish Bible Revision Committee …
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The Society's Chinese Revision project27th March 2014

For a number of years the Society has been engaged in a much needed project to revise the Chinese Union Version …
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TBS Romanian Bible13th January 2014

In November 2013 the Society's revision of the Romanian Bible reached a crucial stage, as the revisers' first draft of the entire Bible had been edited by the review team in Australia …
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The Philippines and translation work23rd December 2013

The Philippines is the number one ranked country in the world for deaths caused by natural disasters …
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Update on French Revision Project, October 201325th October 2013

For a number of years the Society has been engaged in a revision of the French Bible in an effort to provide the French-speaking peoples of the world with a faithful and accurate Bible in the Genevan tradition …
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Shona New Testament20th September 2013

There are more than forty different people groups in Zimbabwe, but the largest group is the Shona, who comprise roughly 70% of the population …
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Revised Hebrew New Testament12th July 2013

Over the course of the past three years, the Society has been engaged in an important project to revise the Delitzsch Hebrew New Testament …
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Welsh Scriptures18th February 2013

For those of us who speak English within the United Kingdom it can be easy to forget that there are other native languages spoken within these islands …
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Thadou New Testament9th January 2013

'Abraham chapa, David chapa, Jesu Khrista khanggui thubu …
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Armenian Bibles22nd October 2012

As reported in July of this year, the Society was able, with the support of the Dutch Reformed Bible Society, to place an order for 20,000 Armenian Bibles with a UK Bible printer …
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The new TBS French website10th September 2012

As we engage in the work of providing faithful and accurate copies of the Scriptures in various languages, one important adjunct to this work is to publicise what we are doing in those languages, and to communicate our principles and goals in relation to our translation work …
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New Bibles on order!23rd July 2012

It is a time of rejoicing—and often relief—for all involved in a translation or revision project when the text of Scripture has been finalised, typeset and sent to the printers for publication …
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Psalm Headings21st June 2012

Psalm headings, or Psalm titles as they are sometimes called, such as Psalm 13's 'To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David', are sometimes omitted from printed and electronic editions of the Authorised (King James) Version …
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Spanish Bible Revision update18th May 2012

The Society's General Secretary and Editorial Director recently took part in discussions of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Bible Revision during a week-long conference in northern Spain …
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Mongolian Gospel according to John27th March 2012

It is surprising how many problems crop up with our Scripture publications: even after the text has been finalised, difficulties can still arise in typesetting and printing …
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Romanian Gospel according to Luke20th February 2012

It is always a cause for rejoicing when months, often years, of work are finally marked by the publication of part or all of the Scriptures in one of the languages in which we are working …
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Portuguese Scriptures6th January 2012

Work on the 2011 revision of the Portuguese (Revised Almeida) Bible has concluded, and the first copies in paperback have now been printed, with hardback and other more luxury bindings in production …
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Nepali Bible23rd November 2011

For at least twenty years, work has been ongoing in the preparation of a new edition of the Bible in Nepali, the language spoken in Nepal and parts of India and by the Nepalese Diaspora all over the world …
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