Bible Society of Kenya officially unveiled the Revised Maasai Bible in Narok, Kenya. The Bible is a revision of the old Maasai Bible, firstly done in 1995.The Revision was done in consultation with the Maasai religious leaders and began in 2011.
The Bible which will specifically serve the Maasai Community living in Kenya regions has more features and offers a more modern, readable version of the Maasai Bible.
The revision was informed by the intelligibility of the Maasai dialects and evolution of language.
Speaking during the launch, Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki, Chief Executive Officer, Bible Society of Kenya said that the Revised Bible is a dedication to the Maasai people as part of the society’s mission to ensure transformation through scripture use. ‘At the Bible Society of Kenya, our mission is to ensure that every Christian within the borders can read and understand the word of God.’ Through translation of the Bible into various languages we ensure that Christians can read the Bible in a language that they understand.’ She added.
The Bible Society of Kenya has lined up a number of translation projects to cater for various language groups to ensure holistic transformation of peoples’ lives through the scriptures and preservation of indigenous local languages.
The Society has translated the Bible into 21 local languages and 3 Bible revisions and Bible portions to address diverse community needs.
Mrs. Nyambura Musyimi, Vice – Chair, Bible Society of Kenya noted that revisions are important due to language evolution, population pressures, globalization and the spread of industrialization.
Narok County Governor Hon. Samuel Tunai noted that bible literacy as a form of social development for the community. He applauded the Society’s efforts of translating the Bible into indigenous languages and associated as a form of cultural preservation.
Kenya has 53 ethnic groups with 80 percent of the total population being Christians. Only 22 of these groups have complete Bibles. The society envisions Christianity penetration in the next 10 years and is ensuring every Christian owns a Bible, is able to read and understand the Bible through its Bible Literacy program.
The chief guest of the launch which was held at Narok Stadium was Archbishop Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit.
The event was attended by a large crowd, there was a great expression of Maasai culture in the colourful traditional attire, the music and dance was vibrant and energetic. The Maasai community gave the revised Maasai Bible a befitting welcome which will live in the hearts and minds of all those who attended for decades to come.