The First Complete Bible Translation into Sign Language
In the August edition of prayer news we told you that 700 languages now have the complete Bible, and at the end of September another language was added to this list.
A decades-long project to translate the whole Bible into American Sign Language (ASL) from the original texts in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek has been completed. ASL is the mother tongue of roughly 408,000 Deaf people in the US and several other countries, and is the first of the world’s 400 sign languages with the full Bible.
The translation work was led by Deaf Missions, with the support of the community of Christian Bible translation agencies joining together, including the American Bible Society.
This task was carried out by a team of more than 50 people, most of whom use ASL as their first language, with the help of different Christian theologians. This close collaboration has ensured that the American Sign Language Version Bible (in video format) is easy to understand, faithfully and accurately conveys Biblical truth. It is accepted by all major Christian denominations.
“We celebrate the faithful, diligent work of those who have worked with Deaf Missions through the years to get all 66 books translated into ASL – the native, preferred and heart language of Deaf people,” says Deaf Missions CEO Chad Entinger.
According to Deaf Missions, there have been more than one million downloads of the ASLV Scriptures so far!