Assyrian Full Bible Translation

Revitalize faith—fuel the Assyrian Bible translation! Empower the translation team to rekindle hope and heritage with Scripture in a language they can clearly understand.

Bible Translation


  • Worldwide


  • Middle East

Language Population


Assyrian Christians Seek Spiritual Renewal

Assyrian Christians have suffered genocide and persecution, which has led to a diaspora around the world. Assyrian Christians in the Middle East have learned Arabic as a national language, but it is not used within their churches. They associate the national language with oppression they have faced, so they hold to their Assyrian language in Scripture and worship.  

But modern readers can no longer discern the older versions of Scripture in Assyrian. So, the Assyrian community translated the New Testament into their modern language five years ago. The translation of the Old Testament is underway.

The full Bible will strengthen Assyrian Christians—in the Middle East and the diaspora—and encourage outreach in their communities.

Empower Assyrian Speakers with God’s Word

We believe that every community should have the chance to read the Bible in the language they understand best. Your financial gifts and prayers equip the global team to translate the Bible into the Assyrian language.

Program Goals

  1. Work alongside SIL on typesetting the revised version of the New Testament for publication (including Psalms and Proverbs).
  2. Complete the drafting and team checking of 1 & 2 Chronicles.

assyrian Program Plan

Step 1

Complete proofreading and typesetting of New Testament.

Step 2

Continue drafting Old Testament books.

Step 3

Empower Assyrian speakers to engage with God’s Word.

Meet the Local Team

Partner Organizations

Honoring the Language

The Assyrian homeland is in the Middle East (northern Iran, Iraq, Syria, and southeastern Turkey).

Due to economic and political pressures, the Assyrian people have scattered to many countries around the world.

Program Progress

  • The New Testament is complete.
  • Over 60% of the Old Testament is complete.
  • Editing work continues for all of the translation work from the past 20 years.
  • Head Translator Demsin Lachin maintains close connections with pastors and frequently attends online Bible studies with them.

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