Part of the Bible was first available in the Kurdish language in 1856 in the Kurmanji dialect. The Gospels were translated by Stepan, an Armenian employee of the American Bible Society and were published in 1857. Isaac Grout Bliss, of the ABS, translated the rest of the New Testament, and the entire NT was published in Istanbul by in 1872 in the Armenian Alphabet. A part of the Bible was first available in the Mukri dialect of Sorani Kurdish in 1909. In 1919, of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America finished those parts under the Arabic script under the title Injil Muqqades. Part of the Bible became available in Kermanshahi in 1894.

Modern translations are being done into many different dialects.

Sorani

Kurdish Sorani Standard Bible (KSS) is a recent translation of the complete Bible in Sorani Kurdish by Biblica (International Bible Society). It was released in Arabic script version in April 2017.[1]

Kurmanji

Latin Kurmanji

The Bible Society in Turkey published the New Testament in modern Kurmanji in 2005. The Psalms were added in a subsequent printing (2015). Since then, translation of Old Testament books has been continuing and translations that have been consultant-checked are uploaded to Bible.com[2] (Also referred to as the YouVersion app).[3] As of March 2021, 21 of the 39 books of the Old Testament are available for reading there. Audio readings of those books have been made available on SoundCloud[4] to help oral learners, and to garner feedback on the translations for eventual printing of the whole Bible.

There is another translation available - a translation of both Testaments - which was done independently of the Bible Society in Turkey. In the Pêşgotin (Foreword), it is described as the work of Resûl and Seîd. It was published by GBV-Dillenburg in 2004.[5]

Kurmanji Cyrillic

Institute for Bible Translation is translating the Bible into Cyrillic Kurmanji for Kurds in the post Soviet Union. The New Testament was completed in 2000 and a revised edition was released in 2011. There is ongoing work on the Old Testament.

Behdini

Portions of the Bible have been translated into Behdini: first John's Gospel, then Proverbs (independent of the KLA team), Luke/Acts and in 2019, the whole New Testament.[6]

Zaza

The gospel of Luke has been translated into Zazaki Kurdish.[citation needed]

Comparison of translations

Translation John 3:16
Fossum translation - Sorani (Mukri), 1919 چونکه خڵا دنيايی وھا حُباند که کوری تاقانی خوی دا ھتاکو ھر کس که به وی ايمان بينی ھلاك نبی بڵا ژيانی ابدي ببی.
Modern Kurmanji translation Çimkî Xwedê wusa ji dinyayê hez kir ku Kurê xwe yê yekta da, da her kesê ku baweriyê bi wî bîne helak nebe, lê jiyana wî ya herheyî hebe.
IBT Modern - Kurmanji Чьмки Хwәде ӧса дьнйа һ'ьз кьр, кӧ Кӧр'еф хwәйи тайе т'әне бәрва да, wәки һәр кәсе кӧ wи баwәр бькә ӧнда нәбә, ле жийина wийә һ'әта-һ'әтайе һәбә.
IBS Modern - Sorani چونكه‌ خودا به‌م جۆره‌ جیهانی خۆشویست، ته‌نانه‌ت كوڕه‌ تاقانه‌كه‌ی به‌ختكرد، تاكو هه‌ر كه‌سێك باوه‌ڕی پێ بهێنێت له‌ناو نه‌چێت، به‌ڵكو ژیانی تاهه‌تایی هه‌بێت.
Biblica - Kurdi Sorani Standard لەبەر ئەوەی خودا ئەوەندە جیهانی خۆشویست، تەنانەت کوڕە تاقانەکەی بەختکرد، تاکو هەرکەسێک باوەڕی پێ بهێنێت لەناو نەچێت، بەڵکو ژیانی هەتاهەتایی هەبێت،
Bible Society in Lebanon - Sorani, 2017 چونكه‌ خودا وه‌ها جیهانی خۆشویست، ته‌نانه‌ت ڕۆڵه‌ تاقانه‌كه‌ی به‌ختكرد، تاكو هه‌ر كه‌سێک باوه‌ڕی پێ بهێنێت له‌ناونه‌چێت، به‌ڵكو ژیانی جاویدانیی هه‌بێت.
KLA Modern - خودێ هۆسا حەز ژ جیهانێ كر، كو وی كوڕێ خۆ یێ ئێكانە دایێ، داكو هەر كەسێ باوەریێ پێ بینیت ژ ناڤ نەچیت، لێ ژیانا هەروهەر هەبیت.

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