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Gullah Wednesday: De Nyew Testament

                                             "Fa de fus time, God taak to me de way I taak."

One of the most remarkable new accomplishments to come out of the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, is  a translation of the New Testament into the Gullah language.  The work took twenty-six years and was based on the King James Version of the Bible, since that was the language in which the Gyullah slaves first heard the Gospel. The translation was accomplished by The Sea Island Translation Team, in cooperation with Wycliffe Bible Translators. De Nyew Testament is published by the American Bible Society; its release came in 2005 at the Penn Center.


Here is the Gullah text so that you can follow along:

De Tomb Empty

1Aaly een de maanin, de fus day ob de week, wen de place been still daak, Mary Magdalene gone ta de tomb. E see dat de stone wa dey been pit oba de door ob de tomb fa kiba um been moob fom dey. 2Mary ton back an ron ta Simon Peter an de oda ciple, de one wa Jedus lob. E tell um say, “Dey done tek way de Lawd body outta de tomb an we ain know wa dey done wid um!”
3So Peter an de oda ciple staat off ta de tomb. 4Bof dem beena ron, bot de oda ciple ron mo fast den Peter, so e git ta de tomb fus. 5E bend oba an e look eenside de tomb. An e see jes dem piece ob linen closs dey, wa de two man dem been nyuse fa wrop op Jedus body. Bot dat ciple ain gone eenside de tomb. 6Den Simon Peter, wa come hine um, git ta de tomb too. E gone eenside de tomb an e see dem piece ob linen closs da lay dey. 7An e see de closs wa dey been nyuse fa wrop roun Jedus head. Dat been pon noda side, fole op by esef. 8Den de oda ciple, wa fus git ta de tomb, gone eenside too. Wen e see all dat, e bleebe. 9Stillyet dey ain ondastan wa done been write een God Book, dat say dat Jedus haffa git op fom mongst de dead an lib gin. 10Den de ciple dem gone back ta dey house.

Jedus Appeah ta Mary Magdalene

11Mary beena stanop da cry close ta de tomb. Wiles e beena cry, e bend oba an look eenside. 12Dey eenside de tomb e see two angel. Dey beena weah white cloes an beena seddown een dat place dey weh Jedus body done been. One angel been ta de head, an de oda angel been ta de foot weh Jedus done been. 13De angel dem aks Mary say, “Hoccome ya da cry?”
Mary ansa um say, “Dey done tek me Lawd an gone way, an A ain know weh dey pit um.”
14Wen Mary say dat, e ton roun an e see Jedus da stanop dey. Bot Mary ain know dat been Jedus. 15Jedus aks um say, “Hoccome ya da cry? Who ya da look fa?”
Mary tink dat de man wa wok de gyaaden, so e say, “Sah, ef ya done tek um way, tell me weh ya pit um an A gwine go an git um.”
16Jedus say, “Mary!”
Mary ton an look pon Jedus an say, “Rabboni!” (Een de Hebrew language dat wod mean “Teacha.”)
17Jedus tell um say, “Mus dohn hole on ta me, cause A ain gone back op yet ta de Fada. Bot go ta me bredren an tell um fa me say, ‘A da gwine back op ta me Fada, wa oona Fada too. E me God an e oona God too.’ ”
18So Mary Magdalene gone ta de ciple dem an tell um e been see de Lawd. An e tell um dat Jedus say dem ting.

Jedus Appeah ta E Ciple dem

19Fus daak de fus day ob de week, de ciple dem been geda. Dey lock all de door dem, cause dey been scaid ob de Jew leada dem. Wiles dey been dey, Jedus come outta noweh an e stanop mongst um. E tell um say, “Peace pon oona.” 20Atta e say dat, e show um de cut een e han an e side. An wen de ciple dem see de Lawd, dey been full op wid joy. 21Jedus tell um gin say, “Peace pon oona. Same like de Fada sen me fa come eenta de wol, same fashion A da sen oona fa go fa do me wok.”