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Bible translation : a quest to reach the "Millennial Generation" of the South African townships and communities

  • Journal Title: Ekklesiastikos Pharos
  • Volume: Volume 89
  • Issue: 
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 121  - 133
  • Authors:  Risimati Hobyane;  Pierre Jordaan;
  • ISSN: 10189556
  • Abstract:  The existence and the growing usage of Tsotsi-taal as the language preferred by many young people poses a challenge to the field of Bible translation. This awakening brought forward this article and the consideration of having a Bible translation in Tsotsi-taal, since it is not yet available. An empirical study that sought to explore the views and attitudes of young people was done in the vicinity of Ikageng (Potchefstroom). A synopsis of the Bible versions (King James Version, Greek UBS 4 and Tsotsi-taal translation) of a short passage from the letter of James 1:19-25 was made. This synopsis was then read to ten young people (male and female) and listened to their views towards the acceptability of the Tsotsi-taal translation. The results indicated that a higher percentage of young people had no problem with Tsotsi-taal translation of the Bible. This means that a serious challenge is posed to the field of Bible Translation, to have that Bible translated into Tsotsi-taal in order to reach the "Millennials" with the saving Word of God in the language they prefer best.
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