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Assamese Bible (Catholic Edition) Released

By John Parankimalil
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Guwahati, Feb. 15. The new Assamese Bible (Catholic Edition) was released at a devout function on February 14, 2022, at Don Bosco Institute (DBI), Guwahati, by Archbishop John Moolachira in the presence of Archbishop Emeritus Thomas Menamparampil, Dr Rev BJ Syiemlieh, Rev Phidolis Dkhar, Dr Makhanlal Das, students of DBI and other guests. The Catholic Edition of the Assamese Bible is a long drawn ecumenical effort coordinated by Father Lukose Cheruvalel SDB.
The family members of Late Rev Giridhar Bora, who was the Chief Translator, Late Rev Deben Bhuyan and Late Miss Lydia Singha (Editorial Committee members) added emotional content to the occasion. The silence was observed for a minute to remember the four of the translation team who passed away before completing the project. Father (Dr) John Parankimalil SDB, the Executive Director of DBI and the Director of Don Bosco Communications, compered the release function, embellished with hymns and rituals. Dr Syiemlieh at the function stressed the importance of a new common-language ecumenical translation. Quoting the Bible, Dr Makhanlal, the Pastor of Guwahati Baptist Church, said, ''It is the Lord's doing, a marvel in our eyes'' (Ps 118: 23). Engineer by qualification and a professor, Dr Makhanlal recounted his joyful experience translating the Deuterocanonical Books. Archbishop Moolachira thanked the Bible Society of India for bringing out the Assamese Bible with high professional standards. Archbishop asked all to read the Bible in the vernacular and keep up the ecumenical spirit and efforts. Father Lukose Cheruvalel, coordinator of the project, in his vote of thanks, recalled everyone who contributed to the successful outcome of the project, especially Don Bosco Communications Guwahati. There are about 30 million Assamese speaking people in the State, but the number of Christians is negligible. Assamese is a very developed language with rich literature. Father Lukose, who hails from the Kottayam District of Kerala, has gained proficiency in Assamese over the years.


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