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Bible translation reaches 50 new languages in a year

The Bible has been translated into 50 new languages over the last year, languages spoken by nearly 160 million people.

A number of Bible Societies around the world have been working together to bring the Bible to people in their own language.

The work of the societies over the last 12 months has led to a first translation of the Bible for 28 different languages.

11 communities have received their very first full Bible, six now have a New Testament and 11 communities have their first, or additional, portions of Scripture.

With language constantly changing and revising, a lot of work has to also be put into keeping existing versions current and understandable.

Similarly, some societies have invested time translating the Bible for deaf communities and providing translations in sign language.

With the progress over 2015, however, the full Bible is now available in 563 languages spoken by nearly 5.1 billion people worldwide. A recent review also suggests that a further 1,334 languages (spoken by 658 million people) have a New Testament translated into their language.

Whilst these numbers give a sense of the progress over the last year, there are still 281 million people with only some portions of the Bible and a further 497 million people with no Scripture translated in their language at all.

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Gunnar Magi from the The United Bible Societies here:

By Dan Golding

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