Saturday, April 16, 2016

Africa Study Bible

Africa Study Bible

Tyndale is preparing to release this Bible aimed to help English speaking Africans better understand and study the Bible.

“With the ASB, we’re bringing the power of Scripture to Africa in a new and culturally relevant way,” says Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis International, publisher of the Africa Study Bible. “Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we’ve brought together350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church.”

Tyndale says, "Designed to grow the faith of African church members, teach them to evangelize their communities, and apply a biblical worldview to their society, the ASB uses the New Living Translation and includes 2,400 plus features such as application notes, stories and proverbs, touchpoints that link Africa and the Bible, learn notes that explain basic theology, and major theme articles that apply the Bible to key issues."

I have seen downloaded excerpts of the Bible. I read from Genesis 1. There are a lot of foot notes and study helps, it seems.

I was asked by Tyndale Publishers and Oasis International to spread the word about this new Bible. Oasis International is raising one million dollars to help print the first 100,000 copies of the new Africa Study Bible.

You can check out the Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the Bible here

I guess I'm just a little sad that one million dollars will be raised and spent to publish yet another English Bible. There are so many languages in the world that don't have ONE Bible yet. And I truly believe that the Bible is powerful to change lives in any culture...even without having specific footnotes.