- Hardcover: 1244 pages
- Publisher: Bible Society (1999)
- Language: Macedonian
PUBLISHER: Loukas Foundation Netherlands
LANGUAGE: Macedonian / Македонски
Macedonian is an Eastern South Slavic language. Spoken as a first language by around two million people, it serves as the official language of North Macedonia. Most speakers can be found in the country and its diaspora, with a smaller number of speakers throughout the transnational region of Macedonia. Macedonian is also a recognized minority language in parts of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, and Serbia and it is spoken by emigrant communities predominantly in Australia, Canada and the United States.
The history of Bible translations into Macedonian is connected in its early years with the history of Bible translations into Bulgarian. Prior to the codification of the standard Macedonian during 1945, Macedonian dialects were described by most linguists as being dialects of the Bulgarian language. The label "Bulgarian language" for various Macedonian dialects can be seen from early texts written in the local Slavic vernacular in Macedonia in the 18th and the 19th century and their authors referred to their language as Bulgarian. For Bulgarian researchers these vernacular Slavic translations of the gospel belong to the Bulgarian cultural tradition.
In 1952 a liturgical edition of the 4 Gospels was printed. This was translated by Milošev Djordje with the help of the Macedonian Committee of the Orthodox Church. In 1957 further selections based upon the lectionary readings were published. In 1959 the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, translated by Georgi Milosev, Boris Boskovski and Petar Ilijevski was published by the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS). The first complete e New Testament translated in the Macedonian language was then completed and published in 1967. In 1970 the Bible Society printed an edition with cross-references following the verses. Another edition was printed in Belgrade in 1988 by the Yugoslav office of the United Bible Societies (UBS).
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