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March 27, 2009

Beka Project 1999

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I had an occasion to help the Beka Project in Central African Republic in 1999.  We held a seminar on how to do Greek word studies and one on New Testament textual criticism.  The participants were two Bayaka, Barthelemy and Francois, and their translation consultant, Dominique.  I presented in French and Dominque translated into Bayaka or Sango (it’s all Greek to me).

After learning about the many variants in the New Testament, Barthelemy said that he was greatly encouraged, because before he heard this, he had great fear that he might inadvertently make a mistake in translating and that God would be angry with him. But once he learned that there was certain level of precision which was missing even in the NT text, it was as though he was relieved of a great burden.  Later, he spread the news of the seminar to all the pygmies in the forest and all of them learned the glories of NT textual criticism.

The Beka Project continues.  Today, I posted their latest newsletter plus an archive of the newsletters between 2006-2008.  I’ve also published a booklet, A Journey to the Center of Africa:  First Impressions (1999) about my first trip to CAR and my visit to the Londo, the pygmy village deep in the forest near Congo Brazzaville.

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March 17, 2009

Lake Nakuru

Filed under: Africa — Petros @ 7:10 am

Peter with Dr. Benno van den Toren, Lake Nakuru, 2007

Benno had pity on me in Nairobi when I was there for a doctoral program consultation.  I had a few extra days after the meeting was over and no plans.  He took me with him to visit his sister-in-law who is married to a Kenyan (from the famous group of runners, the Kalenjin) and lives in the region of El Doret.  On the way back to Nairobi, we stopped and visited Nakuru park, home of 2 million flamingos.  Click the picture to enlarge, and along the shore, you will see pink. Those are the feathers of the flamingos.

February 13, 2009

Journey to the center of Africa: First impressions

Journey to the center of Africa: First impressions (1999) by Peter W. Dunn

An account of my first teaching expedition to Central African Republic and my trip to the forest to visit the pygmies.

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