The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible (1998), by Barbara Kingsolver, is a best-selling novel about a missionary family, the Prices, who in 1959 move from the U.S. state of Georgia to the village of Kilanga in the Belgian Congo, close to the Kwilu River.
The novel’s title refers to Bible errata. The father of the family creates his own “misprint” of the Bible. He concludes his sermons with the Kikongo expression “Tata Jesus is bngala” with the intent of saying “Jesus is most precious”. In his hurried mispronunciation, he actually says “Jesus is poisonwood”.


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by Barbara Kingsolver