Genesis , written in Nuer Language . Dinka – Nuer – tribal hostilities

December 20, 2013

  • Christianity: ( 1%)

Missionaries began working among the Nuer in the 1940s.  Thirty years later, there was a revival among the people and many came to accept Jesus as Savior.  Although some of the “decisions” may have been politically motivated, it is clear that there is a well-established Nuer church with about 200 congregations.  Even so, reports indicate that only about 1% of the Nuer are Christian.

A history of Nuer linguistic work indicates that the book of Genesis was translated and published in 1954, last edition in 1972.  You can view this edition online.  The whole New Testament was published in 1968.  A new translation that became part of the Nuer Bible in 1999-2000 was published in 1993.

The Ethnologue reports that the Bible was first published in Nuer in 1999, using the current orthography and language.  The book of Genesis from the 1999 edition is also viewable online.  There are some gospel recordings in Nuer.  Nuer access to the gospel had been restricted due to geographical and social factors until the 1990s.

In 1993, the UN High Commission for Refugees reported that 53 million people had been displaced by the civil war in Sudan.  Several thousand of these are Nuer.  Some who took refuge in Ethiopia were driven back into Sudan, while others found places in refugee camps.

Many Christian organizations from United States (Presbyterian Church of USA and Gospel Recordings), Germany and Sweden (Lutherans) and Ethiopia have faithfully ministered to peoples of the region.  Through intermingling, tribes form relationships in which Christians can share Jesus with their traditional neighbors.  Groups such as Nuer, known for their resistance to the gospel, have responded to Christ.

Foreigners who would like to work effectively among the Nuer must obviously learn well the language of the Nuer and the life-style pertinent to cattle herding.  They will need to give attention to the Nuer cultural worldview before they attempt any serious communication.  It has been shown, too, that a great many aspects of the Nuer culture are similar to cultural distinctives of Old Testament peoples.

These similarities include features of their social structure, the kinship reckoning and extended family systems, aspects of marriage and divorce, rites of passage, and even religious concepts of God, man, spirits, sin, and sacrifices.

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