The Pentateuch in the Nogai language
December 25, 2023

After a rather long break IBT has released a new edition in the Nogai language - the Pentateuch, which includes a translation of the book of Genesis published in 2016 and new translations of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The work on these books was a multi-stage process of translation, exegetical checking, editing, comprehension testing and consultations that took about 5 years.

The Nogai language belongs to the Kypchak group of Turkic languages. Nogai people are settled quite widely in the North Caucasus and in the Southern Volga region. According to the 2020 census, more than 109,000 people speak the Nogai language.

The translation of the Pentateuch is based on the Hebrew (Masoretic) text. In the original language, the first five books of the Old Testament, which make up the Pentateuch, are called "Torah", which means "instruction" or "teaching". These books set forth the foundations of the Old Testament religion, its law-positive and moral principles, the creation of the world and man, the beginning of sin and suffering, and God's relationship with man. The reader will get acquainted with the biblical stories of Cain and Abel, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, etc., and will also read the Bible stories of Cain and Abel and the Tower of Babel.

A glossary included at the end of the book explains some of the Biblical terms and concepts related to various nuances of ancient legislation, rules of worship and sacrifices, ancient weights and measures, and names of places and peoples. In the appendix there is also a table of the family tree of twelve tribes of Israel and geographical maps with places where the main events described in these books took place.

Previously the New Testament (2011), Gospel Parables (2016), Ruth, Esther, the Book of Jonah (2005), Genesis (2016), and Proverbs (2017) were published in Nogai.

All these biblical publications in the Nogai language, as well as the released edition of the Pentateuch can be accessed in various digital formats on the IBT website. We also invite you to download a Bible Nogai App (Android, iOS).