Global Scripture Access Report 2014
A Remarkable Year for Bible Translation
A new record in Bible translation may have been set in 2014 for the highest number of new Scripture translations published in one year. According to the 2014 Global Scripture Access Report, which has just been published by United Bible Societies, last year Bible Societies helped to complete translations in 51 languages spoken by more than 1.3 billion people (1.2 billion Chinese speakers and 146 million speakers of other languages).
Some of these translations were launched in countries facing significant challenges. In Nigeria, for instance, where militant Islamic group Boko Haram carried out more deadly attacks than ever before, the Bible Society launched four new Bible translations. Liberia, too, faced enormous difficulties last year, losing more people to Ebola than any other country, but the Bible Society there launched two first-time full Bible translations. These launches in Nigeria and Liberia are just two examples… read more.