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Bible Translation Statistics 2018 October 23, 2018

Posted by P, J, or J in Statistics.
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It’s a privilege to be part of the team that tracks the progress being made in Bible translation. The full set of numbers available at wycliffe.net/statistics not only show in how many languages some or all of the Bible is available in but also a revised estimate of how many more translation programs may need to begin.

2018 BTstats-en This year the number of possible translation needs has actually gone up. This is in part due to the inclusion of a large number of sign languages adding to those that were already part of the lists.

The real celebration is not about the numbers. The statistics page also links to six sites where Bibles, New Testaments and scripture selections and stories can be downloaded or accessed online and in phone apps.

The goal of Bible translation isn’t translated Bibles, it is transformed lives.

One statistic that saddened me recently was a report that suggested many modern Christians are unaware of the term “the great commission”, which refer to the command of Jesus as written in Matt 28:19. Here it is as translated in the Easy English Version.

17 When they arrived at the place, they saw Jesus. Then they went down on their knees and they worshipped him. But some of the disciples were not sure that it really was Jesus. 18 Jesus went close to them and he said to them, ‘God has given me authority over everyone and everything. I have all authority in heaven and in this world. 19 So, you must go to people in every country of the world. Teach them how to become my disciplesBaptise them by the authority of God the Father, his Son and the Holy Spirit20 Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will be with you until the end of time.’

The “great commission” goes hand in hand with the “greatest commandment” which Jesus gave as his answer when asked “Διδάσκαλε, ποία ἐντολὴ μεγάλη ἐν τῷ νόμῳ;” (‘Teacher, which of God’s Laws is the most important rule for us to obey?’)

Perhaps you already know the answer, if not you can find it at Matt 20:37-40

More from me about some of the numbers at wycliffe.net/statistics soon.

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