May 5, 2023

The Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) has published a translation of the Pentateuch into the Kalmyk language. In ancient Hebrew, the first five books of the Old Testament that make up the Pentateuch are called "Torah," which means "instruction" or "learning." Kalmyk readers, most of whom come from the Buddhist tradition, will now be able to discover  for themselves the wonderful world of biblical history: the Pentateuch lays the foundation of Old Testament religion with its  moral principles, describes the creation of the world and humanity, and tells how sin and suffering came into our world and distorted the relationship between God and people.

The first book of the Pentateuch,  Genesis,  was previously translated into Kalmyk and published in 2005. The other four books (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) were translated between 2017 and 2022...

April 6, 2023
Четвероевангелие, Деяния апостолов и Откровение на даргинском яз., ИПБ, 2023

The Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) has published the Dargi edition of the Injil, containing six New Testament books: the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the Acts of the Apostles, and the book of Revelation. The title of this edition, Injil, is mentioned several times in the Qur'an and is familiar to readers from the Muslim tradition. This word is the Arabic equivalent of the Greek word "Evangelion" and means “Good News”.

The Dargis are the second largest ethnic group in the Republic of Dagestan,  constituting about 16.5% of the republic's population. The Dargi language (with 485,705 speakers in Russia) belongs to the Nakh-Dagestanian family of North Caucasian languages. Dargis traditionally adhere to Sunni Islam...

March 27, 2023
Four Gospels, Acts and Revelation in the Lak language, IBT 2023

The Institute of Bible Translation (IBT) has published a new edition Injil in the Lak language, including the Four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and the book of Revelation.

The Laks (approximately 173,000 in Russia, according to the 2021 census) are one of the indigenous peoples of the central part of Dagestan, where there are about 60 Lak villages. The Lak language belongs to the Nakh-Dagestan language group. The Laks traditionally practice Islam.

Since the first Lak Scripture portion was published in 1996, the knowledge and skills of the translation team and their ability to translate the Biblical text have improved with each new edition. Many key terms have been clarified, the spelling of proper names has been polished, etc. Now all these books have been revised and printed in a single edition...

March 20, 2023

The Institute for Bible Translation is continuing its series of short "Stories of the Prophets" in the Dungan language, telling the story of biblical prophets who are revered by Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike. The newest books in the series are David and Solomon. The texts of the Dungan translation are accompanied by a parallel Russian text and colorful illustrations by the Dungan artist Khalida Shimova, who portrayed the biblical characters as closely as possible to the Dungan readers’ worldview, psychology, and way of life. 

January 24, 2023

The Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) has produced the first-ever translation of the complete Bible into the Karakalpak language. The project began in the mid-1990s and was carried out by IBT in partnership with the United Bible Societies and SIL International. During the preparation of the full Bible, the following trial editions were published in Karakalpak: the Four Gospels (1999), Stories of Jesus Christ (2001), the New Testament (2004, audio recording* 2011), the Children’s Bible (2007,  and Roman and Cyrillic script), Genesis (2009), and Ruth/Esther/ Jonah (2009, + DVD 2010).