Bible now in 1,785 languages

New York, N.Y. - A Boro family from north-east India and a Moore family, part of a tribe from Africa's Upper Volta realised a long felt wish in 1983.

Both were among the 4.7 million people who, for the first time, had the complete Bible available in their own language, according to the American Bible Society.

During the year, 23 languages were added to the list of those which now have at least one book of the Bible.

Another language, with no previous Scriptures, now has a New Testament.

These brought the 1983 year-end total to 1,785 languages in which at least one book of the Bible has been published since printing was invented over 500 years ago.

By December 31, the complete Bible had been published in 283 languages, four more than the previous year. In addition to Boro and Moore, the new languages with full Bibles were Kakwa, spoken in Uganda, and Tinata Tuna, a tribal language of Papua New Guinea.

There are now 572 languages with a New Testament but still no complete Bible. This is an increase of 26 above the previous year's total.

Source: ‘Pentecostal Evangel', May 1984