Africa Bible Commentary Ready to Launch July 5
27 June 2006
After five years of writing, editing, and fundraising, the Africa Bible Commentary (ABC) has been printed and will be launched on July 5, 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya.
This first-ever, one-volume commentary was sponsored by the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA)—with significant financial support from Christians worldwide—and represents the labor of over 70 African theologians. It gives a section-by-section interpretation that provides a contextual, readable, and useful guide to the entire Bible. In addition, there are 72 articles on pertinent issues facing Africa's churches, such as HIV/AIDS, angels/demons/powers, funeral and burial rites, widows and orphans, and persecution.
Dr. Tokunboh Adeyemo, former General Secretary of AEA, served as General Editor of the commentary. The commentary's writers, advisors, and editors—all African men and women—represent the broad sweep of the evangelical church across the continent of Africa.
"Producing the Africa Bible Commentary now is doing the right thing at the right time for the Christian Church in Africa," says Dr. Adeyemo. "One of the few to believe that it could be done and to throw its weight logistically and financially behind the project was SIM, which lived up to its name as Serving In Mission."
Others in the evangelical world are acknowledging the significance of this new publication, including John Stott and Rick Warren. Stott writes in the book's Foreword, "The Africa Bible Commentary is a publishing landmark. I intend to use it myself ... Indeed, I hope it will have a worldwide readership."
With an initial print run of 46,000, most copies of the commentary will be distributed in Africa, while Zondervan plans to distribute the book in other English-speaking countries. In his endorsement, Rick Warren writes, "Every pastor, Bible teacher, and Christian will benefit from [the Africa Bible Commentary]. We've needed this commentary for a long, long time!"
The major launch event on July 5 will be held at the Grand Regency Hotel in Nairobi. The launch coincides with the beginning of SIM's Pastors' Book Set Conferences in Kenya, Zambia, and Ethiopia. The Africa Bible Commentary will be the most cherished book in the study libraries of up to 20,000 pastors as it gets distributed over the next several months.
The $1.2 million literature project needs just $35,000 to completely fund the English-language version. Next plans for the commentary include translation projects. A French edition is slated for release in 2007, with Amharic, Portuguese, and other languages to follow.
If you feel God leading you to become a financial partner in this exciting effort, simply click Give Online, making note of the project number 99370. (Note: Any overflow funds given to this project will go towards producing translations of the commentary.) Thank you!