TBS Dan New Testament
21 January 2019
Dan is a tonal language spoken primarily in Ivory Coast and Liberia. The language was formerly known as Gio. Thus the TBS Gio New Testament was first published in 1981 and then reprinted in 1989. Tragically the missionary couple overseeing the TBS Gio Bible project were deliberately killed in March 1990 during the first Liberian civil war (1989 to 1997) which ravaged the country, costing the lives of about 250,000 people. A second civil war soon erupted (1999-2003), thwarting any efforts to resume the Gio Bible project.
Thankfully in 2008 work began, in association with the Dan Literacy and Translation Association (DALITA), to revise the TBS Dan-Gio New Testament to correct some textual errors and to improve the language. Over recent months a concerted effort has been made to make the final set of corrections needed to bring the text much closer to the underlying Greek Received Text, using the Authorised (King James) Version as the primary reference.
At the time of writing, extensive checks have been carried out on the latest text of the Gospel according to John and Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. This analysis has shown considerable improvement in the conformance of the text to the Society’s editorial standards. God willing, in the coming months the remaining books of the New Testament will be similarly examined and any further necessary corrections will be made.
Please remember the Dan revision team working in Liberia in your prayers. The civil wars have cast a long shadow over the land, and the team members labour in challenging conditions. Please pray for help for the editorial department and the revision team as they seek to finalise the New Testament text.
‘And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?’ (Revelation 6.9-10).