The Somali language is spoken by approximately 12 million people, both in the Horn of Africa [Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, eastern Ethiopia, northeastern Kenya] as well as a growing Diaspora across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. The initial translation was completed in 1979, and what is presented here is a revision completed by SIM in 2008.
The history of this translation work is described in Chapter 31 of “The Hardest Place. The biography of Warren and Dorothy Modricker” [Miller, Helen. 2006. Guardian Books, Belleville, ON, Canada].
The Nolosha Cusub [The New Life] website offers a wide variety of audio, visual and written Gospel resources in the Somali language. These links are especially useful for those wanting to study the Bible:
- http://noloshacusub.net/Bible/Default.aspx The introductory page to the Somali Bible begins with instructions on how visitors can download the Bible to their cell phones. The various sections of the OT and NT are explained.
- http://noloshacusub.net/Literature/Courses/Default.aspxThis page is the introductory page for two online Somali-language Bible course series: the basic “One God, One Way” series and the advanced Bible course “We Hear From The Prophets”.
- http://www.bible.is/audiodownloader This link is to the Faith Comes by Hearing website, where visitors can select the NT in Somali to listen to as a Audio Drama NT.
Somali Bible © 1979, 2008 Society for International Ministries-Kenya.
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