The Moscow-based Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) exists to translate, publish, and distribute the Bible in the 130-plus languages of the non-Slavic peoples living in the Commonwealth of Independent States (that is, in former Soviet Union countries).
In 2002 the IBT published a Georgian edition of Stories about Jesus Christ, a children’s book based on the four New Testament Gospels. They commissioned Georgian artist David Popiashvili, who studied at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, to create thirty-one illustrations for it. People responded so well to Popiashvili’s images that IBT decided to create a digital version of the book that includes Russian and English translations as well as the original Georgian. You can access this edition here.
If you would like to request a copy of the print edition (which is in Georgian only), you can do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In exchange for the book they will ask for a $10 donation, to cover the costs of production and shipping. Because I live in the United States they had me send my donation to God’s Word for the Nations, a Missouri-based organization they collaborate with, after I received my copy in the mail.
The book is a seventy-page paperback, printed in full color on matte paper and staple bound. The trim is 8 × 8 inches.
David Popiashvili’s paintings for Stories have a tighter quality to them than his typical work, to accommodate the audience. Usually his brushwork is loose, and his oil paint thickly applied.
You can view more of Popiashvili’s paintings on his Facebook page.