Amharic Bible

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What is an Amharic Bible?

Amharic is one of the languages of Ethiopia.  It also goes by the alternate names Abyssinian, Amarigna, Amarinya, Amhara, & Ethiopian. Ethiopia, an island of Christianity, is recorded in history as having received first the Old Testament, and then the New Testament earlier than most of the countries of the world.

The first translation of the Bible into Amharic was by Abu Rumi in the early 19th century. In 1962, the New Haile Selassie I Bible was first published, and a revised edition was also issued in 1986. Additionally, the Bible Society of Ethiopia published another new translation in 1987, with a revised edition later in 2005.  The common language edition of the Bible was published by the Bible Society of Ethiopia in 1980. A more contemporary translation (similar to the English NIV) was published by International Bible Society in 1987.

The Amharic Bible, also known as an Ethiopian bible, is available in digital version or in print editions.

Amharic Bible Print Editions

Below are a few print bibles in Amharic as well as an Amharic study bible.

Amharic Orthodox Bible (Amharic Edition)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • American Bible Society (Author)
  • Amharic (Publication Language)
  • 236 Pages – 07/01/2012 (Publication Date) – American Bible Society (Publisher)
Amharic Bible New Translation (Revised), የአማርኛ መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ አዲስ ትርጉም (ተሻሽሎ)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Bible For The Nations (Author)
  • Amharic (Publication Language)
  • 01/01/2005 (Publication Date) – Bible for the Nations (Publisher)
Amharic Bible Black R052PL / The Bible in Amharic from Ethiopia 2009 Print
  • Amharic Bible Black R052PL
  • The Bible in Amharic from Ethiopia 2009 Print
  • Bible Society (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 1346 Pages – 03/01/2024 (Publication Date) – Bible Society (Publisher)
The Full Life Study Bible in Amharic Language Edition / Green Leather Bound, Concoradnce, Color Maps
  • Donald C. Stamps (Author)
  • Amharic (Publication Language)
  • 03/01/2024 (Publication Date) – Bible Society (Publisher)

Amharic New Testament Print Editions

Below are a few print new testament bibles in Amharic as well as an Amharic and English bible.

Amharic New Testament With Psalms
  • American Bible Society (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 999 Pages – 02/01/2011 (Publication Date) – American Bible Society (Publisher)
New Testament in Amharic and English
  • United Bible Societies (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 03/02/1994 (Publication Date) – ilovepo (Publisher)

Amharic Bible Online Versions

Below are a few online sources to view free Amharic books and Amharic bibles online in Amharic as well as an Amharic bible commentary. There is also an Amharic audio bible available.

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