The Taveta language also called Tubeta and kiTaveta is spoken in southern Kenya on the border with Tanzania, south east of Mount Kilimanjaro. In 1885 missionaries from the Anglican Church Missionary Society (CMS) arrived and set up a station in Old Moshi.
A. R. Steggall
Albert Remington (A.R.) Steggall was born on 28th January 1863 in Carlisle, the son of Rev Frederick Steggall who was an Anglican clergyman. In the 1870s they lived at Consett where his father was a vicar. He studied at Durham University, where he graduated with B.A. in 1883, and L.Th. and M.A. in 1886. Then he became a curate at North Barnsbury, Islington until 1886, and then he served at Great Rollwright, near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire until 1889, when he left to join the Church Missionary Society (CMS).
In 1889 we was posted to Mochi, near Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa. The station had been opened in 1885. Steggall learnt the Taveta language and set about translating parts of the Bible. He ran a school for boys which had 45 boys in 1891. The German flag was hoisted in the area, by Lieutenant Ehlers soon after his arrival. He was then transferred to Taveta in Kenya, British East Africa in 1892. He established another school, where 30 boys were under instruction, five of whom had been baptised.
He was accused by the Germans of arming the natives who defeated the German attack on Mochi. CMS recommended he came back to England on furlough, pending an investigation. Steggall returned in June 1893 along with Yohana Nene Mdighirri, one of the baptised Taveta natives. They preached in many places for CMS. They returned, and arrived back in Taveta on 4th May 1894.
He became superintendent of the CMS station at Mahoo, and founded a quarterly newspaper called the Taveta Chronicle, which he edited which was published from 1895 to 1901.
In December 1898 he returned to England. On 6th September 1899 he married Miss Dora Grace Mould in Soham, near Cambridge. He returned to Taveta with his wife in 1901, where she died in 1904.
In March 1905 he was made archdeacon of Mombassa and Bishop's Commissary, and was acting secretary of the C.M.S. in British East Africa. At the end of 1905, he resigned and returned to England. In January 1906, he became curate at Shipley in Yorkshire, and afterwards held curacies at Chester-le-Street and Medomsley, until 1912 when he became vicar of Holy Trinity, South Shields.
He married again to Miss Margaret Wilson McLare in 1913, and they had a son John Steggall in 1917. He died in South Shields on 17th April, 1929, where he had seved at vicar of Holy Trinity, leaving a widow Margaret Wilson Steggall and a son.
Steggall worked with a native believer called Yohana Nene Mdighirri, to translated the Scriptures into Taveta, by reference to the English and the KiSwahili. Some of the items were published at the Church Missionary Society (CMS) Press and some were published by the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS) and the Psalter by the Society of Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK).
In 1892 the Gospels of Mark and John were published as Sumu Yedi ya Isa Masiya, hena Marko and Sumu Yedi, yakwe Yohana. They were printed at the Church Missionary Society Station. In 1894, the epistles 1-3 John were published. In 1896 The Gospels according to St. Matthew and St. Luke were published by BFBS as Sumu Yedi yakwe Yesu Masihi hena Mattayo and Sumu Yedi yakwe Yesu Masihi (niye Jesus Christ) hena Luka. In 1900 the Acts of the Apostles were published by BFBS as Mihiro ya Waondo. Also in 1900 the Epistles of St. James, St. Peter, and St. Jude were published as Mawaraka Mawo Waondo Yakobo, Petro, na Yuda. They were printed at the CMS Taveta Mission Station. In 1903 the Gospel of Mark was revised from the 1892 edition prepared by A.R. Steggall (Church Missionary Society), and published as Sumu Yedi ya Isa Masiya hena Marko in 1903 . In 1906 the Epistles and the Revelation were published as Mawaraka na Ujughuo: hena viteto vya kiyuweta: (the Epistles and the Revelation in Taveta), and these completed the New Testament.
Old Testament Selections 1894
In 1894 he published through SPCK The Book if Common Prayer in Taveta Kitamo cha Kuomba. This included liturgical selections from Jeremiah 10:24, Ezekiel 18:27, Daniel 9:9-10 and Joel 2:13.
Exodus (Kitamo) 1897
In 1897 the book of Exodus was published as Kitamo cha keri cha Musa chaitangwa ‘Kufuma’, printed at the Office of the Taveta Chronicle. The bulk of this edition was destroyed by a fire in 1903. Some letters were unclear to read, and the symbol @ has been used in these cases.
Psalms (Malumbo) 1905
In 1895 he published, through the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK), Hymns in the language of Taveta. In 1905 The Psalms were published by SPCK as Malumbo, hena viteto vya kituweta: (the Psalms, in the language of Taveta), and printed by Richard Clay and Sons of Bungay. There were published by SPCK.
The New Testament was digitised in 2022, with the help of MissionAssist, from originals in the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS) archives at Cambridge University. For convenience this includes the Old Testament books of Exodus and Psalms and the liturgical verses from the Prayer Book, .
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Newydd a rhannau o'r Hen Dest.)Cyfieithiad Urdd y Graddedigion 1921-45 (T.N., Hosea ac Amos)Darby's Translation 1890Detholiad o’r Salmau 1936 (Lewis Valentine)Diɛt ke Dabid 1956Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision 1752Duw ar waith - Y Newyddion da yn ôl Marc 1990E Romaii Biblia 2020 (Kăldărărihko)E devléskoro sfjato lil e Ísus-Xristóskoro džiipé thai meribé e sfjatoné Lukéstar 1912 (Arlija Balkan Romani - Bulharsko)Ediția Dumitru Cornilescu revizuită 2022Embéo e Majaró Lucas 1837 (Caló)Enjil Yesu 1912 (4 Gospels in Nubian Kenuzi)Epistolau Bugeiliol c.1564 (Esgob Richard Davies)Fu in Ma-tai 1904Féké Testament 1947Good News Bible (Anglicised)Good News Bible (Anglicised) 1994Good News Bible (Catholic edition in Septuagint order)Ho i’wi y os’do̱s hăħ neh cha ga̱’o̱ hee dus gee ih’ ni ga’ya do̱s’hă gee 1872I Ghiléngheri Ghília Salomunéskero an i Rômáni tćib 1875 (Sinte - Italia)Iaai Bible 1901 (New Caledonia)Iesu Keriso imo pai-dubi naiba kitouti dubu nou pai mea 1941Ingīl Marqus 1927Inji’l i Muqaddas 1955Intas-Etipup Mat u Iesu Kristo 1863 (Aneityum Gospels)Isaiah 1830, 1842 (John Jones alias Ioan Tegid)Isezerano Risha 1967Iṅǵīl Yesū El-Messīhnilin, Markosin Fāyisīn Nagittā 1885Joannostir Svencono lačopheniben 1933 (Latvia)Juɛl a pwɔdɛn tɛ Mak 1947Jóhannesar Evangelium 1908Kenesĭs 1914, Ruth 1932 (Erromanga)Kitaab al Vahd aj Jadid 1978Kitab Alkudus: Injil Isa Almasih 1866 (Keasberry)Kitham Gina Giyaŋ 1966Kushti Bokkengro 1985Kushti Lavs (Romany Selections) 1981L' Sâint Évàngile Siévant Sâint Makyu 1863 (Georges Métivier)La Sankta Biblio 1926 (Esperanto Londona Biblio)Lek Jot de Jecu Kritho 1940Lemefeme da Yesu Kristo. Markus 1915 (Bacama)Levr ar Psalmou 1873 (Williams)Lingjili Matthew ki nache 1816Linjil i Yesu Krista Suñu Borom bi 1907Lioar ny Psalmyn 1765 (Pointed)Lis Evangèli 1903 (Provençal)Lu Vanzèli seònd S. Matìe 1860Luka Suvarta 1916 (Kuvi Kond)MUKANDA WANZAMBIMa'di Book of Ruth 1938MakrMark añgw’a téndé 1938Marku mau sau 1951; ZaiwaMattheo 1911 (Evangelho de S. Mattheus - XiPuthshu)Mbengu Etemu, Mabandela, Nzembo, Bantete 1916Methelokên Hezretê Silêman 1947Márk-Likhita Susamácár 1882 (Romanised Bengali)Na Cheithre Soisgéil agus Gníoṁartha na n-Aspol 1915, 1921 (Peadar Ua Laoghaire)Ne Saint John 1804Ne Saint Mark 1774New Testament in Braid Scots 1904 (William Wye Smith)Niu Testament 1956 (Manus, PNG)Noo Ean 1936Noo Mian 1748O Devlikano lil e Sumnale Lukahtar 1938 (Gurbet)O Evangelio Jezus Kristusester pala Markus 1912 (Sinte)O Lašo Nevimos katar o Marko 1971 (Kalderaš)O Vatavata we Garaqa 1931 (Vanuatu)O keriben pal e Devleskre bičhade 1936 (Morava)Omulago Muhya 1946 (Kikahindurwa mu Kikerewe)Ootech oochu Takeh niya-Tinkles St. Mark 1886Pened balid Yoliánesà 1888Predigimo ä Johannesko 1930Proffwydi ac Epistolau 1852-62 (John Owen)Psalma Ḋaiḃí 1836Psalms of David in Metre 1650 (Scottish Psalter)Psalmyn Ghavid 1761 (Metrical)Pupu Oharo Āre 1963, Genese 1970, Rute 1972Revised Version 1885Revised Version with Apocrypha 1885, 1895Rut, la Cantica di li Cantici, e Matteu 1861 (volgarizzato in dialetto siciliano)Salmau 1-20 a detholiad o Ruth ac Eseia 1830-35 (Ioan Tegid)Salmau Cân - Tŵr Dafydd 1875 (Gwilym Hiraethog)Salmau Cân - Y Psallwyr 1850 (Nicander)Salmau Cân 1621 (Edmwnd Prys)Salmau Cân Newydd 2008 (Gwynn ap Gwilym)Salmau Dafydd Broffwyd 1603 (Edward Kyffin)Scottish Metrical Paraphrases 1781Segala Surat Perdjanjian Baharu Maha Besar Tuhan Jesus Christos 1877Sherbro Parables in Matthew and Luke 1839Shìng-King 1915 (Kwóng-Tung Wâ)St Paul from the Trenches 1916St Paul from the Trenches 1916 (Gerald Warre-Cornish)Sumu Yedi ya Isa Masiya 1906, Kitamo 1897, Malumbo 1905Svātī Roksti Jaunais Īstōdejums 1937 (Aloizijs Broks)Swampy Cree Bible Portions 1877 (Hunter)Tandu tani adea ngoro ta tišile Marako tini. Tandu tani adea ngoro ta tišile Matayo tini.Tangale Bible Portions 1920-28Testamant Nevez 1897 (Jenkins)Testament Newydd Salesbury - Argraffiad 1850Testament Newydd a Salmau - Argraffiad 1955 gyda chroesgyfeiriadauTestament Newydd a'r Salmau 1567 (William Salesbury)Testament ke Siki 1960 (Kabba Laka)The Drom 1995Tiomna Nua 1951 (de Siúnta)Tolomaku Portions 1909Uet-Apuaté Etong Luka 1905Ututi, Jona 1973 (Enga)Vangheilu al Matheu 1889Wel puat̤ ci Mak ke gor 1916Wester Boswell Scripture Selections 1874Winnebego Bible Portions 1907Y Cyfammod Newydd - Y Pedair Efengyl 1818 (John Jones)Y Ffordd Newydd - 4 Efengyl mewn Cymraeg Byw 1971Y Proffwydi Byrion 1881 (John Davies, Ietwen)Y Septuagint, Genesis 1-10:2, 1866 (Evan Andrews)Yalunka Matthew 1907Yn Apocrypha (Broderick) 1979Yn Apocrypha 1772Yn Conaant Noa 1810Yn Vible Casherick 1819Young's Literal Translation 1898Yr Oraclau Bywiol - Testament Newydd 1842 (John Williams)Zabúr 1863 (Roman Urdū)beibl.net 2015, 2021luker lekha ʃuʃomacar 1921 (Colloquial Bengali in Simplified Phonetics)mārku eɹudhina suvisēsham 1952 (rōman thamiɹ)Évangile de Saint Matthieu 1855 (de Sacy)ŋuɽun ŋun ŋiya ŋun ŋikaiilo elo 1966Библия - Пэ Балтитко Романи чиб (Романэс) 2019Библия Думитру Корнилеску 1924Біблія в пер. Івана Огієнка 1962Матъвеестъ Пасъ Евангеліе 1894 (Саме килле)Махьтвеест Пась‐Евангели 1-22, 1878Махьтвеест Пась‐Евангели 23-28, 1878متی دن یازلن انجیلꓟ˗ꓘꓳ ꓕꓰ˗ꓷ 1932
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