The AVB is truly a ‘gift’ to our Bahasa Malaysia-speaking brethren.
In East Malaysia, it was so right for readers to feel an euphoric sense of ownership, of a Borneo Bible in highly readable yet fluent Malay. In West Malaysia, readers who love the language read it with tears of joy.
People are proud that eminently-qualified linguists helped to distinguish its quality, and that Biblical translators and consultants contributed relentlessly in its accuracy.
Like never before, heads of churches came forward to declare their support of AVB. Many spiritual leaders did not hesitate to acclaim the AVB as historically significant, as our first formal translation Bahasa Malaysia Bible.
“I have been telling many folks that while many translations speak to the mind, the AVB speaks to the heart.”
- Rev Dr T Jeyakumar, President of Trinity Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Malaysia
- REACHING PEOPLE WHOSE FIRST LANGUAGE IS MALAY -
A Miracle in Our Hands
The project started with a burden, a burden big enough for a hundred volunteers.
It started with zero budget. When all is done, actually paying translators, consultants, readers and reviewers could take RM 1 million.
When ideas and vision aligned, locals and expatriates took off. Without an inkling of its eventual acceptance, the work persevered. In fact, ten years on into the tunnel, the translators did not see any light but they persisted.
The translators supported themselves through their own jobs. And there was not a single paid staff until towards the end of 2016.
To bring the product out, more volunteered – funds for printing, importation, storage, distribution, launches.
Today, 40,000 copies has gone out - all glory to our God! We are seeking to print another 25,000 copies by year end.
IT WAS MEANT FOR THE BM CHURCH, A HERITAGE FOR THE BM CHURCH IT WILL BE.
JOIN HANDS WITH US
Help connect the Bahasa-speaking people to the Word of Life in Alkitab Versi Borneo. Contribute toward printing the Student Edition is a great way of joining us in this mission, for it to be made available affordably:
4th Printing - Student Edition, 15,000 Copies (ISBN 978-988-77511-1-3), Circa Dec 2017
5th Printing - Regular Edition, 10,000 copies (ISBN 978-988-77511-2-0), Circa Dec 2017
To donate, please contact:
Lot 6, Ground Floor, HTM Industrial Estate Kolombong
88450 Kota Kinabalu Sabah.
Telephone : +60 138627897 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deeply grateful to the Lord for the years of toil to have yielded a moment of clarity.
All glory be to our God!
ABOUT THE AVB
Bahasa Malaysia (BM) is our common language. The Indonesian version differed significantly in form, expression and terminology from BM, thus posing an impediment to a fuller grasp of the depth and extent of the Word of God.
For Christians who use Bahasa Malaysia, the majority of whom are indigenous brethren (“sons of the soil”), an accurate and scholarly translation of the Bible, based on the original languages, is a high priority.
Alkitab Versi Borneo (AVB) is a formal-translation Malay bible, that had taken the project team more than 15 years to complete. In 1998, the Lord provided a nucleus team of key translators who began drafting. Eminently qualified linguists and educationists with fluency in classical and modern Malay contributed in literary beauty and linguistic clarity. Native speakers were engaged to field-trial its acceptability, while Greek/Hebrew scholars and reviewers played a major part in biblical accuracy and theological meaning.
Modern translation softwares and tools were utilized to the fullest to achieve significant progress on rendering of biblical terms, consistency of words, harmonization of parallel passages, and ensuring fidelity to the original languages. From the very beginning, national church leaders have provided spiritual oversight and support to the team over the years.
AVB enjoyed a momentous reception, with a limited edition of 10,000 copies printed in January 2016.
A 2nd printing of 30,000 copies followed in January 2017. A launch has been planned for Sarawak, in Miri on 22 September 2017.
1) AVB Online: See our website: AlkitabVersiBorneo.org
2) APPS: AVB Bible App available in:
(a) GOOGLE PLAY STORE, Android App
Search using "AVB" or "Borneo Bible" - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=yuku.alkitab.debug
(b) APPLE APP STORE, iOS App
Search using "Borneo Bible" - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/borneo-bible/id1147545735?mt=8
(c) BIBLE.IS - Online Access only; Search language "Malay - Alitab Versi Borneo" - http://www.bible.is/ZLMAVB/Matt/1/D