oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The reception of the New Testament in Swahili

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



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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