Lao Bible History: updated 8/7/2016

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**List: Lao Ministry

"Lao, or Laotian Tai, is spoken by about 2 million people in Laos
and 9 million in northeastern Thailand.   The Lao, who constitute
about half the population of Laos, are most numerous in the
central and southern provinces.   Historically, culturally, and
linguistically, the Lao are related to the Yuan of northern
Thailand, who are sometimes referred to as Western Lao.   A Tai
language, Lao is spoken with little dialectal variation, although
in Thailand it is written in Thai, rather than Lao, script.   The Lao
script, which has 46 characters, half of which are used for tonal
markings, is thought to have been derived from the Mon writing
of a millennium ago and influenced by the Shan-Burmese script."
--1000 Tongues   [Info only]

"Lao Script
1906 John   1909 Luke   BFBS, Paris
1914 Mark Printed privately, Marseilles
1916 Matthew ABS, BFBS, Song Khone
Translated by Gabriel Contesse, an independent my."
--1000 Tongues   [Info only: 1916 Laotien.]

"1926 New Testament   1932 Bible   Mission Evangélique au
Laos, Song Khone
Translated by F. Audetat and Mr. Willy, Swiss Brethren mies.
of the Mission Evangélique.
--1000 Tongues   [Info only: Lao Character 1932 Mark 1:2 unknown.]

"1942 Matthew Imprimerie Evangélique, Hanoi
Printed at the beginning of World War II, the sheets were found in the
rubble of a printing office in 1947 and finally published in 1948.
--1000 Tongues   [Info only]

"1953 Luke Scripture Gift Mission, London
1962 Mark   1963 Luke   John   1964 Acts
1966 Matthew (revised)   BFBS, Bangkok
A revision by mies. of the Christian and My. Alliance,
initially prepared by G. Edward Roffe.
--1000 Tongues   [Info only]

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