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9 Bible Translation and the Reconceptualization of the Universe: Negotiating the Christian and Traditional Igbo Conceptualizations of Life after Death (Uchenna Oyali)
9 Bible Translation and the Reconceptualization of the Universe: Negotiating the Christian and Traditional Igbo Conceptualizations of Life after Death
In the mid-nineteenth century ad, missionaries of the Church Missionary Society (CMS), a society of the Anglican Church, arrived in Igboland in Southern Nigeria for evangelism. In line with their policy to evangelize in the language of the natives (Ekechi 1972), the CMS missionaries started translating (portions of) the Bible into Igbo. This marked the beginning of Bible translation into Igbo. The earliest published Igbo Bible translations (IBTs) include Oku Omma nke Owu Matia: The Gospel according to St. Matthew (1860) and Ma Oru nke Apostoli: The Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians, Galatians, and Ephesians (1866), which were published in the Isuama dialect of Igbo. The first translation of the complete New Testament (NT) was Agba Ofu nke Dinwenu-Ayi na Onye-Nzoputa-Ayi Jesu Kristi n’Asusu Ibo (1900), published in the Niger or Onitsha dialect. The next translation was Bible Nsọ: Union Version (1913), called Union because it was translated into an amalgam Igbo dialect, with features drawn from five Igbo dialects. Four other complete translations have been published after this, namely Baịbụlụ Nsọ (1988), published by the International Bible Society (IBS); Baịbụl Nsọ: Nhazi Katọlik (2000), by the Roman Catholic Church; Baibul Nsọ: Ndezigharị Ọhụrụ (2007), by the Bible League International; and Baịbụl Nsọ: Nsụgharị Ụwa Ọh...
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