Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador - Last week the Inuttut Heritage Bible was presented to the Moravian Church in Labrador. This new edition of the Bible in the Inuit language has been made available, more than 200 years after the translation was first begun.
The Moravians began their work in Labrador in 1771. Among the tasks undertaken by the early missionaries was the translation of portions of the Bible into the native language. It was a slow process, beginning with collections of verses, and then the Gospel of John, followed by Luke. Fifty years after the establishment of the settlement, in 1821, the British and Foreign Bible Society published the entire New Testament. From there followed a gradual translation and publication of the books of the Old Testament. In the end there were 7 separate volumes, but never a complete text under one cover.
The New Testament was reissued in 1952, but because of errors and different word usage from the vocabulary of two centuries ago, new work was needed to make a complete collection.