Joy as Bible Society dedicates the Revised Tiv Bible

There was atmosphere of joy in Tiv Land as over 750 Tiv Language speakers, among them government

A Physically challenged Abraham Adole clutching a copy of the Bible
A Physically challenged Abraham Adole clutching a copy of the Bible

officials led by the State Governor, Samuel Ortom who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Terwase Orbunde; traditional rulers led by the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, represented by Chief Moses Anageende; clergy men; traders and even the physically challenged gathered at the NKST Makurdi Central, Makurdi, Benue State to witness the dedication of the Revised Tiv Bible.

Chairman of the occasion, Professor Daniel Uzar who was happy with the arrival of the Bible described it as a vital tool for evangelism, urging the people not to obtain their copies and keep them at home, but use them for evangelism. The Guest Speaker, Reverend Dr. Frederick Ikyaan said that the Bible can transform the lives of the Tiv people so they could be presented to God blameless. “The Bible is coming to us to transform us first as individuals. It is after our transformation that we can influence others positively,” he added.

A cross section of guests at the Tiv Revised Bible dedication
A cross section of guests at the Tiv Revised Bible dedication

A cross section of the guests expressed gladness with the Bible. Reverend Gideon Gandekaka, who travelled over 100 kilometres to attend the programme, said he had been praying and looking forward to the occasion and expressed joy that he lived to witness the dedication of the Bible. Mrs. Agunveren Uza said she is expecting the Bible to do more exploits as they will use it for more evangelism especially in the rural areas while Mrs. Nancy Sugh described the Revised Tiv Bible as a perfect translation which will be better understood, adding that it has met her expectations while Benjamin Tor believes the Bible will provide a better understanding which will help the Tiv speakers live for Christ. A physically challenged Abraham Adole, clutching a copy of the Bible on his wheel chair, said he looked forward to the day and was happy to see it.

The Anglican Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, the Rt. Reverend Dr. Nathan Inyom praying to dedicate the Bible
The Anglican Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, the Rt. Reverend Dr. Nathan Inyom praying to dedicate the Bible

Underscoring the importance of Bible translation, the Anglican Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Rt. Reverend Dr. Nathan Inyom who prayed to dedicate the Bible congratulated the Tiv speakers on the privilege of having a Revised Bible when some people all over the world have yet to have the Bible in their mother tongues.

 

Earlier the President of The Bible of Nigeria, Dr. Aaron Nuhu welcomed guests to the occasion while the General Secretary, Dr. Dare Ajiboye urged the Tiv people who had got the first translation before its revision to support the translation of the Bible into other languages. He said that it cost the organization over ₦40 million to complete the translation of the Bible into any Nigerian Language if done in 12 years.

The Representative of the Tor Tiv, Chief Moses Anageende [l] receiving the Bible from the President of The Bible Society of Niegeria, Dr. Aaron Nuhu [M]
The Representative of the Tor Tiv, Chief Moses Anageende [l] receiving the Bible from the President of The Bible Society of Niegeria, Dr. Aaron Nuhu [M]

The high point of the occasion was the unveiling and presentation of the Bible to the Tiv Christian community. The translation of the first Tiv Bible lasted for 50 years having commenced in 1914 while the revision took 25 years having started in 1991. A total of six Translators worked on the Bible revision project at one time or another, but the work was completed by Reverend Zechariah Bum, who unfortunately passed on in March this year, while eight Translation Consultants supervised the project also at one time or another.

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