Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ethiopian Orthodox Bible Project

Yesterday, I heard about a Bible translation project called the Ethiopian Orthodox Bible Project. Those involved with this project are:

dedicated to making the COMPLETE Ethiopian Orthodox Bible available in the English language. Although unknown to most of the world the Bible of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church contains books that are not to be found in any other Bible canon (with the exception of the Eritrean Orthodox Church which itself split off from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and with the exception in the case of some of the books of the EOTC Old Testament accepted by Ethiopian Jews known as Beta Israel who preserve an ancient pre-rabbinic form of Judaism.
This project is currently ongoing. Perhaps you can help them? They are "currently looking for individuals who can read Ge’ez and Amharic fluently as well as English." They say the project could take years depending on how much help they get.

There is a list of the books in the canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church here. I cannot verify that this is the same canon the project will use, but it appears to be the same church. Wikipedia has an article that describes the broader and narrower canons better.

This is another version I heard about at the Bible Versions Discussions/Dialogue group on Facebook. Thank you to AK for this one!

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