July 05, 2013
Williams Bible back in print
A group dedicated to circulating Protestant bibles has reprinted the 1868 Māori Bible.
The Trinitarian Bible Society of Aotearoa New Zealand says the translation has been out of print for many years.
It was started by William Williams soon after he arrived in New Zealand, using the same Greek texts used in the King James English Bible.
The first scriptures in Māori were printed in Sydney in 1827, and the first complete Māori New Testament was printed by William Colenso in Pahia in 1837.
Other missionaries including Robert Maunsell, translated the Old Testament, and the first complete version was printed in 1868.
The Trinitarian Society has been working on the project since 1997.
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