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.
Bible for all Nations
Amharic Bible Black R052PL
The Bible in Amharic from Ethiopia 2009 Print
Amharic New Testament Print Editions
Below are a few print new testament bibles in Amharic as well as an Amharic and English bible.
Amharic Bible and English Bible, Ho Ching Jung
American Bible Society
United Bible Societies
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.