A new bible called the ‘African Study Bible (ASB)’ has been published with special emphasis on witchcraft, African culture and other issues adversely affecting the African Christian.
Rev. John K. Jusu, ASB Supervising Editor, said the bible is the first of its kind that is written by over 350 Africans in four different languages including English, French, Arabic and Portuguese for the African environment.
The notes contained in the ASB are not in other bibles because where other bibles criticize witchcraft, polygamy and traditional practices, these are not a problem in the ASB. Rather, they are major things that Christians in Africa are confronted with, said Rev. Jusu.
He said the purpose for writing the ASB is to empower African leaders to be able to respond to complications they face on a daily basis, adding that it is difficult to address African issues because people that are addressing them are not will informed.
Although the ASB has not been translated, Rev. Jusu said smaller notes are used to explain parts of the bible that African pastors may find difficulty understanding.
He said the ASB was written in simple English that anybody with an average education can understand, because they want to put the truth in the hands of African leaders and Christians to upgrade Christianity. He said it took seven years from the time the idea was conceived up to the time the ASB was published.
The major challenges were to write a bible that speaks to several hundred cultures and, to overcome that, they went through a strong editorial system to determine the right translation for Africans, Rev. Jusu said.
“We started writing this bible in 2009/2010 and it took seven years. Seven is significant in the bible; it is the number of completion and wholeness. We are excited that within seven years Africa can present a bible to the international world,” he said.
Rev. Jusu said ASB is visible in every African bookstore he has entered since its publication, and the editors and publisher are making sure that the book is affordable.
Rev. John K. Jusu is a Sierra Leonean and a professor of education at the Africa International University in Kenya.