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Media – A good year for Bible translation

May 2016

In 2015, Bible Societies helped to complete translations in 50 languages spoken by nearly 160 million people. According to a statement, 2015 was ‘a first’, in terms of translation for no fewer than 28 languages, spoken by nearly 33 million people.

Eleven communities now have their first full Bible; six have a New Testament; and eleven have their first, or additional, portions of Scripture. 

The statement said: ‘Languages are constantly developing, so Bible Societies are also committed to revising existing translations and providing new translations when requested, to help as many people as possible engage with the message of the Bible today’.

In 2015, this resulted in a further 20 new translations and revisions, plus two study editions, with the potential to reach over 127 million people.

The full Bible is now available in 563 languages, spoken by nearly 5.1 billion people; and a further 1,334 languages, spoken by 658 million people, have a New Testament. This leaves 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.

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