BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS OF EARLY MISSIONARIES IN EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA, I. TRANSLATIONS INTO LUGANDA
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For the East African Church history, Zanzibar and the coastal settlements established since the early 1860s by both Anglican and Catholic mission societies, became crucial points from where groups of the missionaries could proceed from the Islamised Swahili coast into the interior of the continent. Early missionaries, Johann Krapf and Bishop Edward Steere, pioneered linguistic and translation work with regard to Swahili. Krapf's translation of the Gospels into Swahili was of the great importance for Bishop Steere's New Testament translation and both translations set a high standard not only for other Swahili translations but became a basis and a great reference work for the Bible translations into other important East African languages produced during the period prior to the World War One, especially George Pilkington's translation into Luganda.
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