Foundation to sponsor improved translation of Bible into isiZulu

Monday, January 5, 2015

Pretoria - The Jacob Zuma Foundation, which is known primarily for its charitable activities in the field of education, has partnered with the Roman Catholic Church to improve the existing translation of the Bible into isiZulu.

The JG Zuma Foundation said: “As a speaker of isiZulu, President Zuma has long felt that the existing isiZulu translation of the Scriptures is inadequate and a new version will now be directly translated from Biblical languages such as Hebrew and Aramic straight into isiZulu. 

“This new version will be more accurate and closer to the original manuscript.”

The only latest version translated by the Bible Society was done in 1959, and leans on other languages rather than isiZulu.

The JG Zuma Foundation, which described this as a “unique venture”, said this work will culminate in a more relevant Zulu Bible, which is considered a critical evangelisation tool for both worshippers and scholars.

President Jacob Zuma, as patron of the JG Zuma Foundation, handed over a R500 000 cheque towards the Bible translation project to the Roman Catholic Church during a prayer service with St Joseph Cathedral in Mariannhill on Sunday.  –

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