Roinn am Bìoball—
Towards the end of 2021 Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) - an American based organisation who record the New Testament in languages all over the world - approached us about recording the New Testament in Scottish Gaelic.
The summer of 2022 saw two months of recording by actors and over fifty volunteers. The volunteers contributed hundreds of hours of time, patiently proof listening each section and adding their own voices to the recording to be a part of this historical project. We believe what they have achieved will be a legacy for generations to come.
We always envisioned that this recording should be made ‘by the community for the community’, and so were delighted to launch the Bible at two events this February in Edinburgh and Stornoway.
Watch the story of some of the volunteers who helped turn the dream of an Audio Bible for the Gaelic community into a reality
Alasdair Allan, MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, kindly hosted a reception at the Scottish Parliament where some of the readers and volunteers involved in the project gathered with church leaders. In Lewis the Stornoway Free Church, where the recordings took place last summer, continued their great hospitality and support of the project. Rev James Maciver led a wonderful service of thanksgiving to God for the provision of this Bible.
These audio recordings are also being added to four films depicting the four gospels that will be made available for free and will be of great use to Gaelic speakers worldwide. Beautifully filmed, they are particularly suitable for use in Gaelic medium education and with young people.
There is great demand for the Bible within Scotland’s Gaelic community and so we are also delighted to be working with the Church of Scotland Gaelic Committee to produce the first Gaelic Children’s Bible in print for twenty years. Innis Stòiridh às a’ Bhìoball features 15 different stories from the Old and New Testaments, stretching from creation to the great commission.
Join us in giving thanks to God for these new resources, and asking for his blessing on them as the Bible is shared in new ways for Gaelic speakers in Scotland, and around the world.