Eastern Arrernte


Scripture Resources

The Eastern Arrernte Shorter Bible was completed in 2017. This Bible contains a complete New Testament and the Old Testament books  Genesis, portions of Exodus and Ruth.

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These resources may be purchased through The Bible Place, 3/38 Elder St, Alice Springs, Tel 08 8953 3057. Email

ArrernteAERP3148A -- Arrernte Lectionary readings Year C (2016)300 Bible Stories & Small PortionsPrintAuSIL0
ArrernteAERP3209A -- Ngkarte-arkerte Ayeye Ampe-kenhe - Eastern Arrernte Bible Stories300 Bible Stories & Small PortionsPrintEastern Arrernte Bible Translation Project22
ArrernteAERP3401A -- Jesus Altyerrenye Anyenhenge Atherre-akerte -300 Bible Stories & Small PortionsPrintEastern Arrernte Bible Translation Project5
ArrernteAERP530A -- Eastern & Central Arrernte Picture dictionary500-Language & CulturePrintIAD Press30
ArrernteAERP9328A -- Arrernte Colouring Book, pencils900-OtherPrintJukurrpa Books7
Eastern and Central ArrernteAERP538A -- Eastern and Central Arrernte to English Dictionary500-Language & CulturePrintIAD Press20
Eastern ArrernteAERP223A -- Ayeye Ngkarte-Akarte
Luke, Eph, Phili, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Timothy & Titus
200-Multiple Bible BooksPrintEastern Arrernte Bible Translation Project30
Western ArrernteAREP377A -- Arrernte Gospel Readings for (2016)300 Bible Stories & Small PortionsPrint0

General Language Information:

Eastern Arrernte (pronounced UH-rrahn-da, the double ‘r’ is a rolled r) is spoken by approximately 2,000 people living in the Catholic community of Santa Teresa and around Alice Springs (pictured right) in the Northern Territory.

Eastern Arrernte is taught in primary schools throughout Alice Springs under the Arrernte in Schools (AIS) program and as an optional subject in high schools. It is used on local media and in local government in Alice Springs. As many as 25% of the Alice Springs population speak Arrernte as a first language.

Identifying as a speaker of a particular language is very important to the Eastern Arrernte people because it is a way of expressing membership in a particular family or group. Therefore the differences between dialects, though appearing small to outsiders, are significant to the speakers. The language varies throughout this are and there are many dialects including Eastern & Central Arrernte dialects.

“To the Arrernte, their language is more than just a way of speaking. It goes to the very core of who they are; their cultural identity, their belief system and their social order. Rather than speaking it, they are it.” (www.wayoutback.com.au)

Useful Links….

“Have you ever wondered why Arrernte is spelt the way it is?” Article by Myfany Turpin, August 2004 from the clc.org.au Central Land Council website.


A Shorter Bible in Eastern Arrernte ‘Ayey Ngkarte-Akerte‘ was dedicated in Alice Springs in July 2017 (pictured right).

“Akngeyaye, impene anthurre kwenhe arritnye Ngkwinhe aneme. Anwerneke apetyaye akngerre anthurre anetyeke. Arlte nhenhenge anwernenhe merne anthaye. Anwerne akurne mpwareke-arle iperre, anwernenhe ilpernetyakenhe anaye. Alakenhe-arteke, nhenge arrpenhe areyele anwernenhe akurne mpwarerlenge, anwerne itnenhe ilpernetyakenhe aneme. Anwernenhe akurne-werne-atheke akngetyalaye!”

Luke 11:2, the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer in Eastern Arrernte