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Hindi, an Indo-European language, is one of most spoken languages in the world. Together with Urdu the two languages are known as ‘Hindustani’ and unitedly they have well over 300 million native speakers. Hindustani is spoken mostly in India and Pakistan.
Christianity amongst Hindi speakers in India rests below three percent, with only a minority of Christians identifying as Protestant. Christianity is thought to have come to India in the second century. Various Protestant missionaries have been present in India since the early days of the 18th century, including William Carey who translated the New Testament into Hindi.
TBS and the Hindi Scriptures
The Society, with the help of a missionary to Suriname (who has Hindi language abilities and contacts), conducted a thorough analysis of the 1830 Hindi Bible. The conclusion reached was that the Bible appears to the be a good translation based on the Greek Received Text.
Due to the significant changes in the Hindi language since 1830 we cannot simply digitise the text, typeset it and then publish it. However, we are hopeful that we have the beginnings of a team who are able to revise the 1830 Bible or use it as the basis for a new edition of the Hindi Bible that is faithful to the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Texts. We have therefore launched a pilot project in Hindi, commencing with a portion of John's epistles.
TBS and a Hindi Bible
The future of this project is committed to God. Our earnest desire is to see a faithful and accurate translation of the Scriptures in the Hindi language. We desire the prayers of our supporters as we take the first steps towards preparing a faithful Bible in this major world language.