Why I’m Excited About the Africa Study Bible Project

Why I’m Excited About the Africa Study Bible Project April 18, 2016
Why I’m Excited About the Africa Study Bible Project

The Africa Study Bible is a project being completed in partnership with Tyndale House and Oasis International. The idea is to support Africans in making their own study Bible, containing notes written entirely by Africans, designed specifically for their cultural context. It promises a fair amount of diversity, with male and female contributors making up “350 writers and editors from 40 African countries and representing 50 denominations.”

I love their vision, and I pray that this study Bible will indeed be helpful to folks across the African continent.

And I’m also interested in this project for myself and other North American Christians. I’ve been trying lately to diversify my reading and study materials, but it can be difficult when the majority of resources I have easy access to are all written from the perspective of Western white males.

I’m excited to discover what insights and challenges our sisters and brothers from across the ocean may have for us here in North America.

Check out the video below, and learn more about the project.

How you can help

Oasis and their partners are offering various incentives for joining with them to get the first 100,000 copies printed.

Africa Study Bible

With the editorial nearly complete, Oasis, with the support of its partners, is inviting fellow Christians to join with them in helping get the ASB into the hands of Africans. With a goal of raising one million dollars to print the first 100,000 copies, Oasis is seeking private donors as well as launching a Kickstarter campaign, which begins April 18 and runs through June 16. Contributors to the Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to receive incentives ranging from artwork prints to limited Italian leather editions of the ASB as well as all-expense paid trips to the launch of the ASB in the United States and in Africa.

“Our goal is to have the first run of the ASB available in Africa by the end of 2016,” says Elliott. “We already know of more than 100 million people in denominations and movements in Africa whose leaders want to use the ASB for discipleship so there is a lot of anticipation throughout the continent.”

Designed to grow the faith of African church members, teach them to evangelize their communities, and apply a biblical worldview to their society, the ASB uses the New Living Translation and includes 2,400 plus features such as application notes, stories and proverbs, touchpoints that link Africa and the Bible, learn notes that explain basic theology, and major theme articles that apply the Bible to key issues. Oasis plans to initially release the ASB in English with French and Portuguese translations in development. Oasis is also developing a full-featured app of the study Bible.

Check out the Africa Study Bible Kickstarter campaign.

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  • Joel M

    Wow! That’s pretty neat. Do you know anything about the organization behind it? All I could find was their website, so I’m wondering how legitimate they are before I go contributing to the project.

    • I know plenty about Tyndale. I haven’t heard of Oasis before this project however.

      • Devon

        Thanks for writing about our project on your blog, Chuck! We are so excited about this Bible, and it’s so encouraging to see others share our excitement. 🙂

      • Joel M

        Ah, neat.

    • Devon

      Hi Joel! I work for Oasis International, and you can read more about our history in Africa here: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/1816907898 or check out website here: http://oasisint.net. We are a 501( c )3 with ECFA accreditation. We are very small non-profit publisher, but we are partnering with several amazing organizations including Tyndale, Association of Evangelicals in Africa, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, and Scripture Union, to name a few. 🙂 Feel free to message us on Kickstarter if you have more questions!

      • Joel M

        Cool. Thanks for your reply!

  • Wes Bergen

    I saw an early copy of the John commentary in Accra. It looked really good. Hopefully this is just the first of many such projects.

  • Brandon Roberts

    hope it goes well for them