Following quickly on the heels of last year’s presentation of the Kabardian translation of Proverbs in Nalchik, IBT has published yet another Scripture portion in Kabardian, the books of Daniel and Ruth in a single edition.
The Kabardian language, also known as Circassian or Cherkess, is spoken by approximately 516,000 speakers in the Russian Federation. It is one of the official languages of the Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia areas of southern Russia. Previous Kabardian Scripture editions include the New Testament, a revised version of Luke, Ruth, Jonah, and Proverbs. The current publication is a reprint edition of Ruth together with the first-ever translation of Daniel.
The Daniel/Ruth edition is illustrated with black-and-white pictures and also contains maps of the Biblical lands. It has already been sent for distribution to libraries and churches in Kabardian-speaking areas in the North Caucasus, and can also be read on IBT’s website.
The Kabardian translation team is continuing its work on Old Testament portions, with a current focus on the historical books. In 2019 they are planning to publish the book of Ecclesiastes and an illustrated edition of Gospel Parables.