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TBS Chinese Scriptures

20 November 2018  
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Mandarin is by far the largest of the Chinese dialect groups, spoken by 70 percent of all Chinese speakers, with close to one billion native speakers. Geographically Mandarin covers a large part of China: from Yunnan in the southwest to Xinjiang in the northwest and Heilongjiang in the northeast. For the past four-and-a-half years a small team of native Mandarin Chinese translators have been undertaking a new faithful translation of the Bible directly from the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Texts.

 We are delighted to share the good news that the first draft translation of the entire Chinese New Testament has now been completed. In addition, more than half of the New Testament has been prepared in second draft form. God willing, this second draft will be finalised by December 2019, with the aim of publishing the New Testament by the end of 2020.

 The primary goal of the TBS Chinese Bible project is to achieve an accurate translation directly from the Biblical languages using current literary Mandarin Chinese. However, whilst the new translation will be very faithful to the original languages, it will be easier to read and understand than the commonly-used Chinese Union Version, which is in a considerably older form of the language.

To support our Chinese Bible project and to aid the spread of God’s Word in this language we now produce a Chinese Words of Life Calendar: the 2019 edition is available to purchase here. Our translation of the Gospel according to John in Chinese and in Chinese-English may also be found on our website, together with a Chinese translation of our booklet The Lord gave the Word.

Please remember the TBS Chinese Bible project in your prayers. It is a great responsibility to prepare a new translation of the Scriptures for almost one billion people. We are thankful for what has been achieved with the Lord’s help so far, but we earnestly pray that the Lord would help us bring the New Testament and then the whole Bible into being. ‘O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard’ (Psalm 66.8).


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