Book of Proverbs published in Turkic Nogai language

Moscow, December 11, 2017

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In a continuing effort to publish the book of Proverbs, one of the “wisdom” books of the Old Testament, the Moscow-based Institute for Bible Translation has recently published the book in the language of the Nogai—a Turkic people living in Dagestan, the Stavropol Region, Karachay-Cherkessia, Chechnya, and the Astrakhan Province, who speak the Nogai language, belonging to the Turkic group of the Altai language family, the Institute’s site reports. There are about 103,660 Nogai speakers in all.

The book of Proverbs, already translated into many languages, is being published in the Nogai language for the first time. Many of the sayings that exist in the Nogai language are harmonious with King Solomon’s words of wisdom found in Proverbs, and therefore the new publication should be of interest to the Nogai reader.

The teachings and sayings in the book of Proverbs were penned by King Solomon, known throughout the world for his exceeding wisdom, and collected into one volume To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings (Prov. 1:1-6).

The Nogai translation of the poetic book strives as much as possible to follow the ancient Hebraic content of the probers and their forms of expression. Places where the meaning is difficult to fully and accurately convey in Nogai are explained with footnotes.

The project to translate the Bible into Nogai is ongoing. The books of Ruth, Esther, and Jonah were published in 2005, and the book of Genesis in 2016. Translations of the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are currently underway.

The book of Proverbs, as well as the previous Nogai publications, can be read online at the Institute’s website.  


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