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tshivenda bible translation

Tshivenda is a language spoken by some 1 209 388 people in South Africa, mainly living in Limpopo. It is also spoken in Zimbabwe.

The pioneer translator of the Bible into Tshivenda was the missionary and linguist, Dr Paul Erdmann Schwellnuss. Dr Schwellnuss was on the staff of the Berlin Missionary Society.

Important dates in the history of the Tshivenda Bible:

1920 First Scripture in Tshivenda – The four Gospels and Acts
London: British and Foreign Bible Society
Translated by P E Schwellnuss, assisted by Isaak Mulaudzi and Fineas Mutsila.
1923 First New Testament
London: British and Foreign Bible Society
Translated by P E Schwellnuss, assisted by Isaak Mulaudzi and Fineas Mutsila.
1936 First Bible
London: British and Foreign Bible Society
Translated by P E Schwellnuss, assisted by Isaak Mulaudzi and Fineas Mutsila.
1998 Latest translation of the Bible
Cape Town: Bible Society of South Africa
Translated by Mr FC Raulinga, Mr AR Mbuwe and Prof JA van Rooy, the project co-ordinator. They were assisted by a number of other people as well as by a review committee.