The Church of Scotland

Gaelic speakers given tools to better engage with Bible

Thu 20 Jun 2019
By Eno Adeogun

New Bible resources have been put together to help Gaelic speakers engage with the Bible and practice their Christian faith.

The Scottish Bible Society and the Gaelic Books Council have released a modernised Gaelic version of the New Testament and Gaelic audio versions of the four Gospels.

The Church of Scotland’s Gaelic group is working with a Gaelic development officer to progress the work of the Kirk’s Gaelic Language Plan over the next year.


The Gaelic group announced during this year’s General Assembly that they had secured funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, an internal Church of Scotland grant, and from Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS).

They were also able to publish a Gaelic version of the Thy Kingdom Come prayer diary.

Rev John Urquhart, a Church of Scotland minister who is part of the Kirk’s Gaelic Group, said: “It has been a decade since the Scottish Bible Society brought the translation team together to begin the New Testament project.

“Though we were drawn from different places and different churches, we all shared the same aim: that the Scriptures of the New Testament should be made available to Gaelic speakers in modern Gaelic, faithfully translated.

“Throughout our work, we kept our focus on fidelity to the Greek and the clarity of the Gaelic.

“The translators hope that putting the word of God into contemporary Gaelic will enable every person who reads it to hear God’s voice speaking to them, and that through this they will come to know the peace and salvation that are to be found only through Christ.

“Our desire is that all praise, and honour, and glory, be given to God and to God alone.”

There are roughly 54,000 Gaelic speakers in Scotland, according to the Scottish Bible Society.

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