Launch of Africa Study Bible will Bring the Power of Scripture to Africa

Currently there is no complete South African sign language Bible. Here, Pastor Thabo reads God’s Word in English and then translates it into sign language at this small church in Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Currently there is no complete South African sign language Bible. Here, Pastor Thabo reads God’s Word in English and then translates it into sign language at this small church in Cape Town, South Africa.
Credit: Wycliffe Bible Translators

Millions of English-speaking Africans know and love Christ, but for many, God’s word is hard to grasp.

With nearly every full evangelical study Bible written from the Western viewpoint, Africans have lacked a resource that connects with their unique experience, hindering discipleship.

But that is about to change as major Christian organizations, led by Oasis International, are joining together to launch the Africa Study Bible (ASB), a six-year, cross-continental effort that has produced the first study Bible developed by Africans for Africans.

“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, publisher of the ASB. “Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we’ve brought together 350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church.”

With the editorial nearly complete, Oasis, with the support of its partners, is inviting fellow Christians to join with them in helping get the ASB into the hands of Africans.

With a goal of raising one million dollars to print the first 100,000 copies, Oasis is seeking private donors as well as running a Kickstarter campaign, which runs through June 16. Contributors to the Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to receive incentives ranging from artwork prints to limited Italian leather editions of the ASB as well as all-expense paid trips to the launch of the ASB in the United States and in Africa.

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SOURCE: EEW Magazine News – Debbie Lykins