BIBLE TRANSLATION INTO THE LAO LANGUAGE
A ministry of the United Bible Societies
© United Bible Societies 2010
With help from nationals, Mr. Contesse started the translation of the New Testament in Lao. First book translated: Gospel of John.
The first Scriptures in Laotian were published - three gospels: John, Matthew & Luke
The New Testament published by British & Foreign Bible Society. Lao typographic prepared by Mr. Willy was made in Marseille, France).
First printing 5,000 copies.
: Publication of the complete Bible. Swiss missionary, Mr Fritz Audétat was the key translator.
Typographical composition was undertaken in Hanoi, two and a half years.
“Audétat” version uses simple vocabulary, but it is a formal (literal) translation.
Thirty years later, Lao Christians considered this remarkable work out of date, and requested for a more modern translation.
The “Roffe” New Testament
George E. Roffe, from C&MA, started a new translation of the New Testament.
First publication of the “Roffe” version of the New Testament, by the Bible Society in Laos
Lao Common Language Bible
: The revision of the Old Testament (Common Language) was undertaken by Pastor Boliboun Sithideth (in Canada) and
Mrs. Keo Douangsy Kounthapanya (in USA). This project was normally the continuation of the translation interrupted in 1975.
A group of reviewers was appointed. But, political situation made project coordinating or monitoring difficult.
Publication of the Lao Common Language Bible.
Revised Lao Bible
Formation of the Revision Lao Translation Committee of seven member, by the United Bible Societies (UBS) in partnership with the
Lao Evangelical Church (LEC). Dr Young-Jin Min was assigned by UBS as Translation Consultant, and LEC appointed
Mr. Bounthanh Chanthoumnivong and Mrs. Bounveune Kommamuang as translation team.
: The Revised New Testament was published.
The entire Bible was revised
Expected date for the release of the Revised Lao Bible : June 2011
Lao Revision Committee
A group of the reviewers
Lao New Testament 1973
Lao Common Language
Revised Lao New Testament