oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The reception of the New Testament in Swahili
|Article Title||The reception of the New Testament in Swahili|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 University of East Africa & Heythrop College, University of London|
|Publication Date||Aug 1998|
|Pages||245 - 259|
|Keyword(s)||African non-literate languages, East African Islam language, Grammatical constructions, Koran, Live reporting, New Testament narrative, Protestant United Bible Societies, Roman Catholic edition and Yao of southern Tanzania|
The translation of the New Testament in Swahili for the use of the Sukuma in Tanzania, is criticised for several reasons. It is written in a literary style which will make it accessible only to a small group of the Sukuma who have been educated to a high standard in this language. Also the vocabulary used will frequently not be recognised by the Sukuma, who use Swahili mainly as a lingua franca.
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