18 May A new version of the English Bible? The Jamaican New Testament
Setting the scene
The King James Bible has recently been translated from English into Jamaican patois, making it more relevant to about 5 million speakers of the language around the world.
The 20-year project contains both the King James version and the Jamaican version and, as the patois is almost an oral-only language, it will give people the choice to read it.
The scriptures also have the greatest impact on people when presented in their mother-tongue. This shows how important translation is when the target audience receive information in their own language, as they understand it more accurately and relate to it more closely.