Bible translation movement shows big progress

After a predictable slowdown during the first two years of the pandemic, the global Bible translation movement saw major advances in the past year — with Asia and Africa leading the way.

Today, more people speaking more languages have access to more of the Bible than at any time in history, according to ProgressBible. Up to 97.4 per cent of all people in the world have access to at least some Scripture, with up to 80 per cent having the full Bible and 91 per cent having at least the New Testament. These numbers are rising rapidly. In the past year* alone:

  • 60 million more people have access to the full Bible in the language they know best.
  • 27 million more people have access to the New Testament.
  • And, Bible translation work has begun in 356 more languages.

Terry Dehart, data analyst with ProgressBible, partially attributes the acceleration this year to a rebound from the pandemic years. Another large factor, he adds, is that the collective Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN) is making a big push with its partners around the world to start Bible translation and then report on progress.

More than half of all languages on earth now have Bible translation work happening—some for the first time and some working toward complete Bibles or undergoing revisions. 

*August 2022 to August 2023

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Scripture is being made available in print, digital, audio formats, along with sign languages. These examples are from the Tao people of Orchid Island off the southeast coast of Taiwan. Photo: Marc Ewell, Wycliffe Global Alliance
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