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February 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An international fellowship of Bible societies has registered the translation of the Bible into 24 additional languages in 2001. The total number of languages in which books of the Bible are available now stands at 2,287, according to the annual tally--the Scripture Language Report--by the United Bible Societies.
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February 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An international fellowship of Bible societies has registered the translation of the Bible into 24 additional languages in 2001. The total number of languages in which books of the Bible are available now stands at 2,287, according to the annual tally--the Scripture Language Report--by the United Bible Societies.
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March 25, 1989 | From Religious News Service
More than half a billion Scriptures were distributed around the world last year, making it the biggest yearly total since the United Bible Societies came into being 43 years ago. The total of 692,754,925 was an 11% increase above 1987 as reported by the United Bible Societies, which now has work in more than 180 countries. Figures were up for all global regions and all categories of Scripture. Bible distribution rose by 10.1%, with more than 14 million placed in circulation.
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March 25, 1989 | From Religious News Service
More than half a billion Scriptures were distributed around the world last year, making it the biggest yearly total since the United Bible Societies came into being 43 years ago. The total of 692,754,925 was an 11% increase above 1987 as reported by the United Bible Societies, which now has work in more than 180 countries. Figures were up for all global regions and all categories of Scripture. Bible distribution rose by 10.1%, with more than 14 million placed in circulation.
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August 10, 1985 | Associated Press
The American Bible Society reports 100 tons of special lightweight paper has arrived in Nanking, China, for the printing of 100,000 Chinese Bibles, expected to be ready before the end of 1985. The paper was provided by the United Bible Societies through the Amity Foundation, set up as an international partnership last March by the China Christian Council for humanitarian programs.
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March 22, 1986 | Associated Press
The American Bible Society says that 100,000 Chinese Bibles and more than 60,000 New Testaments have been printed in China on paper supplied by the United Bible Societies. The paper was supplied to the Amity Foundation, a non-government, non-church social service organization initiated by Chinese Christians, with the foundation arranging with them to print the Bibles in Nanking.
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November 26, 1988 | Compiled from Times wire services
A Chinese bookstore chain recently put 10,000 Bibles on sale in its stores and sold out within a month. Peter MacInnes, manager of Amity Press, which was set up with aid from the worldwide United Bible Societies and which now prints Bibles in Nanjing, called the sales a "breakthrough," adding: "In the long term, the most efficient avenue for distributing Bibles in China is not through church agencies, but through bookstore chains."
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April 6, 1985 | Associated Press
A door apparently has edged open to allow Western Christians to assist religious life in China--through production of Bibles. But oversight of the project is to remain entirely in Chinese hands. The American Bible Society said a newly formed Chinese Christian agency, Amity Foundation, and United Bible Societies had "come to an understanding which is hoped to lead to establishment of a modern printing facility" in China.
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September 14, 1985 | SEHYON JOH, Associated Press Writer
Bible translators printed 25 million copies of Scripture in African and Asian languages last year but said that it was still not enough to keep up with the explosive growth of Christianity in the developing world. In Africa, some converts are buying the Bible on the black market, according to John Dendor-Samuel, who spent 22 years in Africa helping to translate the Bible into African tongues. The Christian population there is growing by "leaps and bounds," the World Council of Churches reported.
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December 17, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Dramatically demonstrating its new openness toward religion, the Soviet Union has accepted offers of 2 million New Testaments from two Western ministries whose reputations were built on illegal "Bible smuggling" into Communist countries. The first 100,000 of 1 million gift editions from one of the clandestine groups, the Netherlands-based Open Doors, reportedly arrived in Moscow this week.
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May 19, 1990 | From Religious News Service
Officials of the interim government of Nepal have promised that religious freedom considerations will be part of the new constitution now being drafted for the country, the only nation in the world with Hinduism as the state religion. An early indication of a new tolerance for Christianity in Nepal came last month, when the Bible Society in Nepal organized an Easter parade in Katmandu in conjunction with several churches.
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