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Ex-minister releases handwritten Bible

Ex-minister releases handwritten Bible
Chubatemjen holding the handwritten Bible. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/4/2021 12:30:48 PM IST

Former minister and ex-deputy speaker of the State Assembly (NLA), Chubatemjen Ao recently completed writing the Bible by hand and a small ceremony was held at his residence at Diphupar here on Sunday to dedicate the handwritten Holy book.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the former minister narrated how he was motivated to write the Bible. He said during a programme at Shillong, the participants were allowed to write a part of the Bible, in which he and his wife took part, adding this motivated him to completely write the Bible by hand.  It may be mentioned that besides writing it in English, Chubatemjen also wrote the Bible in Ao dialect, which he had started in January 1996 as a New Year’s resolution and completed it on Christmas Day in 1999.

He said his wife and children had supported him to write the Bible. 

The former minister said the idea to write the Bible in English came to him as he was approaching his 75th birthday. He added that the Bible was written from the King James Version, published in 1976, commemorating the celebration of the bi-centennial American Freedom.

He informed this reporter that the Old Testament was completed on December 3, 2020, while the New Testament was completed on Palm Sunday, March 28, this year.

The Ao version of the Bible consists of four registers, while the English version consists of three registers. 

Chubatemjen mentioned that the table and chair used for writing the English version of the Bible was not used for any other purpose, adding that 197 pens of a specific kind were used for writing the Bible. 

He informed the gathering that both versions of the Bible would be available for use. 

It may be mentioned that Chubatemjen is a cancer survivor. 

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