The African Study Bible (ASB)

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the printing of the first ever African Study Bible (ASB). I reviewed part of the Bible and there are a lot of features that I really like about it. For example, in the “Overview and Story” at the beginning of Genesis, an African proverb is used: “If you do not know where you came from, you will not know where you are going.” This was a fitting way to start the first book of the Bible.

As I went through the Book of Genesis, I noticed that although the ASB was written specifically for Africans, it is also written for people who want to understand African culture. For instance, in the Creation account, there is a footnote describing various African stories of Creation. One was of “Käng,” the “Great master and Lord of all” who created everything.

The “Proverbs & Stories” linked African sayings with passages from the Bible and there are applications to African culture or traditions interspersed. I really liked that the ASB gave me insights to the African culture.  I think an anthropologist would appreciate having an African Study Bible because it illustrates several practices found in the Old Testament that are similar to African practices of today. The ASB would also benefit missionaries who are planning on going to Africa, or to anyone who wants to have a different approach in reading the Bible.

Please consider contributing: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1816907898/launching-the-africa-study-bible. Contributors to the Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to receive incentives ranging from artwork prints to limited Italian leather editions of the ASB as well as all-expense paid trips to the launch of the ASB in the United States and in Africa!

For more information on Oasis and the Africa Study Bible, visit http://www.oasisint.net or http://www.africastudybible.com

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