Wycliffe is reporting dramatic progress in Bible translations
that's only partly because of new technology.
Spokesman Russ Herfman tells OneNewsNow
that Wycliffe Associates has taken stock of how
many Bible translations have yet to be started and the figures are
"For the first year now, that number has dropped under 2,000.
There are now 1,967 that may need a Bible translation to begin," he
says. "The other thing we're quite excited about is that there are
Bible translation projects in 2,075 languages. This is the first
time that there are more projects already started than are yet
remaining to start."
Translation is a lengthy process, but he explains it has become
considerably shorter in recent years.
"Some [translation efforts] have taken 30, 40 years. Nowadays it
takes usually much less time than that -- maybe 10 to 15 years; and
it depends on the education level of the national translators and
all," Herfman explains. "We're seeing some translations done in
well under 10 years now."
This is accomplished by using modern technology and new training
in empowering national translators. One is a team approach using
people who speak the same language but different dialects so they
can work on multiple translations at the same time.
In 1999, Wycliffe believed Bible translations in needed
languages would be started by 2025 and done by 2150. Now the
completion date is estimated at 2037, trimming off 113 years.
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