Bible published in Sorani Kurdish for the first time

Translation of the Bible into the Sorani dialect of the Kurdish language. (Photo: YouVersion)

A full translation of the Bible has been published in the Sorani dialect of Kurdish for the first time. Only partial translations of the text existed in the main Kurmanji and Sorani dialects of the language until now, Rudaw reported.

The work was conducted by Biblica, formerly known as the International Bible Society, and began in the 1850s, but was postponed because of wars and instability. The initiative was restarted in the 1990s.

“This is a very historic occasion, an amazing achievement…” Carl Moeller, the CEO of Biblica said about the publication.

Although about 200,000 Christians are thought to have fled Iraq since the Islamic State (IS) group onslaught on the country, there are still around 200,000 living in the Kurdish Region.

Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syriacs, and Armenian Orthodox make up the four Christian sects living in Iraq. Many speak a Semitic language similar to Aramaic, while most Chaldeans speak Kurdish.