For too long, African Christians have only had access to discipleship and biblical resources from a Western perspective.

The Vision

For too long, African Christians have only had access to discipleship and biblical resources from a Western perspective. The heart and soul of Africa that influenced early Christ-followers from the Ethiopian eunuch to Augustine seemed lost in the past.

In 2011, leaders from across the African continent met and decided: a study Bible, an Africa Study Bible, would help bridge the gap of cultural understanding and relevance of the scripture to everyday life in Africa. Finally, Africans have a resource that speaks directly to their heart, revealing the truth and beauty “God’s Word through African Eyes.”

The Process

Along side the text of the beloved New Living Translation of the Bible, the Africa Study Bible has over 2,200 notes and features that connects scripture to different cultures throughout Africa. Over 300 writers and editors, from 50 countries, from four major language groups, have all worked on this project to create the most ethnically diverse study Bible content to date. This historic collaboration has produced study notes for a Bible that truly reflect the many unique cultures that make up Africa—from Botswana to Egypt, from Kenya to Nigeria.

The Goal

With as many as 200 million African Christians without a Bible, the continent of Africa has a great need for Bibles and relevant biblical discipleship material. Our goal is to reach those who have a hunger and thirst for the Word of God. They want to learn how to live out God’s truth in their own culture. Pastors and teachers will learn how to teach more effectively by using examples from their own cultures and African experience. The Africa Study Bible:

  • Applies the Word of God to daily life.
  • Reclaims the African roots of Christianity
  • Explains Scripture in an African context, making it easy to understand.
  • Teaches an all-in-one course in Biblical content, theology, history, and culture.

Preview the Africa Study Bible

The Africa Study Bible brings together 350 contributors from over 50 countries, providing a unique African perspective. It’s an all-in-one course in biblical content, theology, history, and culture, with special attention to the African context. Each feature was planned by African leaders to help readers grow strong in Jesus Christ by providing understanding and instruction on how to live a good and righteous life:

• Over 2400 notes explain the Bible, inspire readers to apply truth to everyday life, teach Christian values and doctrine, and more.

• “Touchpoints” and “Proverbs and Stories” give African perspective on the Bible and also show parallels with African wisdom.

• A narrative timeline highlights God’s work in Africa.