SCRIPTURE TRANSLATION IS MAKING PROGRESS
God’s Word Now Available to Speakers of 2,403 Languages
February 17, 2006
(ANS) -- Scripture translation
is making progress. In 2005, a further four language groups received
the full Bible in their mother tongue for the first time. This brings
the number of languages in which the complete Old and New Testament
exists to 426.
The latest Scripture Language Report published by the United Bible
Societies in Reading, England, also reveals that the New Testament was
made available for the first time in a further 39 languages, making a
total of 1,115.
Along with the 826 languages in which Bible portions
exist, at least some part of God’s Word is now available to speakers of
Some of the new translations will bring the Bible to relatively large
communities. Gulmancema, for example, is spoken in West Africa by
approximately 600,000 people in Burkina Faso and a further 200,000 in
Benin, Togo and Niger.
But also the 10,000 residents of Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands
may rejoice in the new translation of the Bible into their mother
tongue, Cheke Holo.
The task of translating the “Book of Books” is by no means finished.
Experts estimate that there are around 6,500 languages in all. So there
are still more than 4,000 translations to complete.
|Wolfgang Polzer (55), is
senior news editor of the Evangelical News Agency idea, Wetzlar
(Germany), which he joined in 1981. In all, he has spent 29 years in
Christian media. Wolfgang can be contacted by e-mail at: Wolfgang.Polzer@idea.de.