First Complete Bible in Asturian Language Published

Cover of the first Bible in the Asturian language. Spanish Bible Society.

After more than three decades of work, the Bible in the Asturian language, spoken by around 200,000 people in northern Spain, is a reality.

Daniel Hofkamp , Evangelical Focus, reports  the first translation of the Bible into the Asturian language was published last March and it was presented April 21st at the Royal Institute of Asturian Studies (RIDEA).

Evangelical Focus reports the event had a limited in-person audience due to restrictions, and was broadcast on the Spanish Bible Society’s YouTube channel.

Authorities participated in the presentation of the Bible, including the regional Minister of Culture, Language policy and Tourism, Berta Piñán, who spoke about the cultural significance of the Asturian version; the former director of the Spanish Bible Society and coordinator of the project, José Luis Andavert; the coordinator of translations of the Bible Society, Ricardo Moraleja; and the consultant and linguistic and literary reviewer of the project, Ramón d’Andrés.

There were also representatives of the evangelical and Catholic communities, which have collaborated throughout the development of the translation and revision of this interdenominational Bible.

Asturian is mainly spoken in the region of Asturias, in northern Spain, but there are also minorities in the Spanish regions of Leon and Cantabria, as well as in Portugal, who speak the language.

According to the last official state data of 2018, about 200,000 people speak the Asturian language.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland

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