First Study Bible in a Caribbean Creole Language: Papiamentu

Study Bible Papiamentu

A post by Peter Jordens.

The Bible Society in the Dutch Caribbean, based in Curaçao, recently presented the very first Study Bible in Papiamentu, the Beibel di estudio na papiamentu koriente [Study Bible in Everyday Papiamentu]. A Study Bible is meant to facilitate Scripture engagement, enable fuller Scripture understanding, and encourage deeper spirituality. The Beibel di estudio na papiamentu koriente is also the first Study Bible in any Caribbean Creole or Indigenous language. Other countries in the region are presently in the process of developing their own Study Bible ―Haiti, for example, expects to publish its Kreyol Study Bible in 2020― but the Papiamentu-speaking subregion, consisting primarily of Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba, has finished first.

Work on the Beibel di estudio na papiamentu koriente was initiated in 2009 with a team of translators and multi-denominational reviewers, supervised by local United Bible Society translation consultant, Dr Marlon Winedt. The Beibel di estudio na papiamentu koriente consists of a light revision of the regular Bible in Everyday Papiamentu (published in 1996), supplemented by introductions, ample explanatory and referential notes, callout boxes, maps, illustrations, and a subject index.

Sources: Studiebijbel in Papiaments gepresenteerd, Amigoe, January 31, 2019, p. 3; Sosiedat Antiano di Beibel a presentá ofisialmente un Beibel di Estudio pa Papiamentu, NOBO, February 2, 2019, p. 12; Finalizing the Papiamentu Study Bible Translation, Bible Society in the Dutch Caribbean, August 1, 2018, http://biblesocietynet.org/project/finalizing-the-papiamentu-study-bible-translation

Note: Regular Bibles exist in the following Caribbean languages: full Bible (Old and New Testament) in Papiamentu (1996, 1997), Haitian Kreyol (1998), Sranan Tongo (2002) and Surinamese Javanese (2018); New Testament only, in St Lucian/Dominican Kreyol (1999), Jamaican (2012), Belizean Creole (2013), two Guyanese Indigenous languages, several Surinamese Indigenous and Maroon languages, and Surinamese Hindi.

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