One of the most exciting developments in Christianity has been the shift of its geographic center from the West to the Global South or Majority World if you prefer. Christianity is no longer primarily a religion of the West. Most Christians are now Latin American, East Asian, and African. With the spread of Christianity comes the need to address new issues. In the coming years, we can expect to see more biblical and systematic theology develop outside of the West.
Already, it is developing. The African Study Bible, written by Africans for Africans, is one such development. Based upon the New Living Translation, this resource could be very important to growing church in Africa.
The ASB’s supporters say, “Designed to grow the faith of African church members, teach them to evangelize their communities, and apply a biblical worldview to their society, the ASB uses the New Living Translation and includes 2,400 plus features such as application notes, stories and proverbs, touchpoints that link Africa and the Bible, learn notes that explain basic theology, and major theme articles that apply the Bible to key issues. Oasis plans to initially release the ASB in English with French and Portuguese translations in development. Oasis is also developing a full-featured app of the study Bible.”
The hope is to release the Bible by the end of this year. To find out more, you can learn about the Kickstarter campaign to launch the ASB from this video. You may support the campaign by donating here.