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The translation of the Bible into the languages of Africa
has been more than a century of awesome dedication in sacrificial work often in very difficult circumstances.
In 1831 the Bible Society printed the translation of the Four Gospels by German missionary Johann Hinrich Schmelen of the London Missionary Society, in the Nama-qua/Khoi-khoi language (sometimes called Hottentot).
Schmelen had been stationed from 1811 at Pella on the Orange River, in the northern Cape of South Africa,
where he married one of his converts in 1814, who helped him master their unwritten language and commit it to writing.
See:
Early Cape
Chronology
  The table below is a summary chronology of this work but lists only that of the whole Bible published
 
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  1.  Nama (Khoi-khoi) 1822 Bible 23.  Union Omyene 1927
  2.  Tswana (Tlhaping dialect)  1857 24.  Luna – Inkongo 1929
  3.  Xhosa 1859 25.  Suba – Sanga 1930
  4.  Duala 1872 26.  Afrikaans 1933
  5.  South Sotho (Sesotho) 1881 27.  Union Mongo – Nkundu  1936
  6.  Zulu 1883   28.  Venda 1936
  7.  Swahili (Zanzibar) 1891   29.  Ndonga 1940
  8.  Ganda 1896   30.  Bulu 1949
  9.  North Sotho (Sipede) 1904   31.  Shona (Union) 1951
  10.  Congo (Fiote) 1905   32.  Ragoli 1951
  11.  Tsonga 1906   33.  Kikuyu 1951
  12.  Thonga 1907   34.  Luba – Katanga 1951
  13.  Giryama 1908   35.  Fang 1951
  14.  Gswa 1910   36.  Lozi 1951
  15.  Nyanja (Eastern) 1912   37.  Bangala 1953
  16.  Nyoro 1912   38.  Ngala (Wele) 1955
  17.  Swahili (Mombasa) 1914   39.  Ruanda 1955
  18.  Congo (San Salvador) 1916   40.  Bemba 1956
  19.  Yao 1920   41.  Kamba 1956
  20.  Union Nyanja 1922   42.  Ndau 1956
  21.  Ronga 1923   43.  Lwena (Luvale) 1957
  22.  Luba – Lulua 1927   44.  Tumbuka 1957
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In 1983 a New Afrikaans Translation was published but it is NOT a reliable equivalent of the original text.
During this time the Christian Church grew in Africa by about 3,000%
And worldwide –  
  United Bible Society's graph of translations  
 

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