Bible translations (Amharic)


Bible translations (Amharic)

= Amharic =

The first Bible translation into Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia, was by Abu Rumi in the early 1800's. This translation was revised a number of times. [ [http://www.good-amharic-books.com/onebook.php?bookID=116 Good Amharic Books | Welcome! ] ] [ Edward Ullendorff. 1968. "Ethiopia and the Bible". Oxford University Press.] A new translation was underway, under the Emperor Haile Selassie's patronage, when the Italian army invaded. This manuscript was later sent to Britain and printed, but most of the copies were destroyed in a fire. (This translation is sometimes known as the "Buxton" translation because a British BCMS missionary named Alfred Buxton was instrumental in sending the mansucript from occupied Ethiopia to Britain. This same basic translation, with some changes, was later printed in the USA, with funds raised by Rev. Donald Barnhouse. Sadly, after it was printed this translation (sometimes referred to as the "Barnhouse New Testament"), was found to contain a serious error so most copies were destroyed. [ [http://www.good-amharic-books.com/onebook.php?bookID=81 Good Amharic Books | Welcome! ] ] In 1962, a new Amharic translation was printed, again with the patronage of the Emperor. [ [http://www.bible.org/foreign/amharic/ The Haile Selassie Amharic Bible ] ] Under the Ethiopian Bible Society, a new translation was printed in 1987, [ [http://www.good-amharic-books.com/onebook.php?bookID=115 Good Amharic Books | Welcome! ] ] and this was revised in 2004. Also, Living Bibles International produced a New Testament in 1985 [ [http://www.good-amharic-books.com/onebook.php?bookID=84 Good Amharic Books | Welcome! ] ] and the International Bible Society produced a complete Bible in 2001. [ [http://www.ibs.org/bibles/amharic/index.php Amharic Bible (c) International Bible Society ] ]

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