Sunday, January 26, 2014

"A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible"

That's a quote from 2 Nephi 29:6 in the Book of Mormon. Let's talk Bible translations. I heard someone say that some languages began to be written down for the first time just so that they could have the Bible in their own tongue.

A Bible translation organization called has some statistics on their site:

As of 2013, over five hundred languages have complete Bibles
Over one thousand have at least the New Testament
About one thousand more have at least one book 
They also estimate that 98 million people speak something for which there is no known Bible translation (yet). 

This is somewhat mind-boggling for me, not only how much translation has been done but that there are so many languages in the world. I looked up how many there might be and found 7,105 according to Ethnologue. Tower of Babel, anyone?

I am thinking the world still needs more Bibles. 

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