The Institute for Bible Translation has published a monograph authored by the translator of the Bezhta Bible translation project, Doctor of Philology M. S. Khalilov, one of the world’s leading experts on the Bezhta people.

One of IBT’s  goals is to assist in the preservation and promotion of languages spoken by minority people groups of the Russian Federation and the CIS. One effective way of protecting endangered languages (including those without an established orthography) is translation and publication of biblical passages, as well as printing research findings. Such printed materials become exemplary models for language study, they promote the expansion and enrichment of the lexical and phraseological systems of the language, and provide a way of documenting these languages, thus creating momentum for language development.

 

January 30, 2018

IBT has published another translation of Scripture portions in the Avar language, spoken as a mother tongue by over 700,000 people primarily in Dagestan. The new publication contains the books of Ruth, Esther and Jonah from the Old Testament. The Avar New Testament was published in 2008, and previously published OT portions include the book of Proverbs (2005, 2007) and Genesis (2011).

The present translation was prepared by a new translation team consisting  of an independent translator (working directly from the Hebrew original), a philological editor, a field tester, and a translation consultant. Further work is in progress on the historical books of the OT.

Printed editions

 

November 30, 2017

IBT has published an edition of selected parables of Jesus from Luke’s Gospel in three more languages: Tatar, Rutul and Tsakhur. Previous editions of this book were published in Agul (2007), Dungan, Kumyk and Nogai (2016), and Dargi (2017).

November 27, 2017

IBT continues to publish translations of Proverbs, a book of wisdom from the Old Testament, in various languages of Russia and the CIS. The most recent edition of this book has recently come out in the Nogai language.

The Nogai are a Turkic people group that resides in Dagestan, Stavropol region, Karachay-Cherkessia, Chechnya, and Astrakhan oblast. The group numbers around 103,600 people. Nogai belongs to the Turkic language family.