After 15 Years Of Intense Study, Pastor Kumuyi Produced A Yoruba Bible Concordance ‘Bibeli Mimo Atoka.’
The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi, has authored a Yoruba Bible Concordance, called Bibeli Mimo Atoka.
The revered Cleric, joined by a team of Yoruba Scholars, reportedly spent 15 years on the project, which was published by the Bible Society of Nigeria.
According to a broadcast by the church, the newly-produced scripture is “one of the most reliable and readable Bibles” for personal study and teaching.
The report stated, “Bibeli Mimo Atoka offers the most literally accurate translation from the original, while keeping the integrity of the Bible.
“Bibeli Mimo Atoka offers the most literally accurate translation from the original, while keeping the integrity of the Bible.
“This new version takes care of changes that have occurred over time, in the meaning of some expressions found in ancient Yoruba, and makes the Bible more comprehensible and relevant to today’s readers”, the Church noted.
Kumuyi, 79, said the Bible was specially prepared, adding that “it is true to the original with cross-references.”
He urged Christian leaders and ministers to start using it, assuring that the major doctrines of the scriptures were highlighted, among other features.
Each of the 3 different covers of the Yoruba Bible Concordance reveals the name of Kumuyi as the Author.
Its is believed that the new Bible will be one of the legacy works of the Holiness focused Preacher
Notably, the first African Anglican Bishop in Nigeria, Samuel Ajayi Crowther was acknowledged to have done the first translation of the Bible to Yoruba.
In the 1880s, Crowther had begun to work in languages other than Yoruba, but he continued to supervise the translation of the Yoruba Bible (Bibeli Mimọ), which was completed in the mid 1880s, a few years before his death.
He also translated the Anglican Book of Common Prayer into Yoruba.
Ajayi Crowther pioneered and established the first church in Ibo land and published the first Ibo language book.
Crowther died on December 31, 1891 and was buried at Ajele Cemetery in Lagos.