I understand that the Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book in the world. What is the current total of languages into which the Bible, or part of the Bible, has been translated. I would also be interested to know if there are any predictions about how long it will be before the Bible is translated into every language.
This is a moving target as more translations are being completed all the time (a friend of mine went to the dedication of the Inuktitut Bible only a few weeks ago). The Bible is also usually translated in stages, so the number of languages with some of the Bible translated is higher than those with all of it translated.
The United Bible Socities in October 2011 said that there were 469 languages with a complete Bible, and 2527 with at least some portion of scripture translated. The Catholic Biblical Federation in October 2008 said there were 438 complete translations and 2454 partials - close enough to be considered agreement. According to UBS ten languages acquired a complete Bible last year. 135 have the deuterocanonical books.
The latter reference claims that there are 4500 languages left to go. However it is very difficult to make predictions based on those numbers. Many of those languages have very few speakers, and the language may die out before a translation is done.
Corroborating statistics from Wycliffe as of 2013 (portions would combine some projects in progress with those with the New Testament and complete Bible)
Number of Languages in the World 6918 Languages w/o translation (and needing one): 2000+ Number of languages with Bible portions: 1010 Number of languages with New Testament: 1294 Number of languages with entire Bible: 513 Total World Population: 7 billion Number of people who speak languages with no translation: ~350 million
The Bible is currently being translated into thousands of languages, so the number is always changing. The Bible is also usually published in stages, so there are more languages with part of the Bible than the whole Bible.
According to the Wycliffe Global Alliance, as of October 2016 the statistics are:
- Number of living world languages: 7097
- Total languages with some published scripture: 3223
- Languages with the complete Bible: 636
- Languages with at least the complete New Testament: 1442
- Languages with at least some published selections: 1145
- Translation projects are current active in 2422 languages
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