Newsletter, Spring 2019

By the middle of the 1st millennium B.C., an alliance of 26 tribes was formed in the eastern Transcaucasus (at present, the territory of Azerbaijan). They formed the polyethnic kingdom of Caucasian Albania, which in the 4th century A.D. adopted Christianity as its state religion. Parts of the Bible were translated into the Caucasian Albanian, or Agwan, language, which belonged to the Lezgic language family. However, this translation was lost during the early Medieval period, and parts of it were discovered only in recent times. In the 12-17th centuries Islam came to dominate in the region, so nowadays the Lezgic peoples are mainly Muslim. They practice folk Islam, but traces of their Christian past are still noticeable, and in folklore traditions one can still find traces of ancient paganism...

February 14, 2019

IBT has published another two Dungan-language editions from the series “The Lives of the Prophets”, this time on the stories of Abraham and Joseph from the book of Genesis. The first book in this series was the Noah story, published in 2016. The Dungan translations of the Abraham and Joseph  stories are accompanied by a parallel Russian text, as well as by beautiful illustrations by Dungan artist Khalida Shimova and an audio recording on CD.

24/02/2019

The Institute for Bible Translation is pleased to announce a new edition of The Bible and the Koran: Parallel Passages, a scholarly work that presents the reader with passages from the Jewish and Christian Scriptures that find their parallels in the Koran, the sacred text of Islam. Whereas IBT’s earlier editions of this book came out in Russian (in 2005, 2012, 2014 and 2018), this time the book has been published in the Tatar language.

 

13.02.2019

IBT has published an animated video of the story of the prophet Jonah in the Chukchi language. The video’s visual component comes from artwork produced by Irina Pavlishina for the 2018 illustrated Chukchi edition of this Old Testament book. The video allows viewers to read the Chukchi translation in streaming captions while listening to an audio recording by mother-tongue Chukchi speaker Dina Talpygyrgina, who was the philological editor of this translation. Studies show that captions are an effective tool for promoting mother-tongue literacy in primarily oral cultures such as that of the Chukchi.