Jehovah’s Witnesses release Bibles in 33 languages, first complete Bible for the visually impaired

*Jehovah’s Witnesses have expanded the frontier of knowledge for the physically challenged, visually impaired persons with a first complete Bible in American Sign Language, as they plan to release the Bible, in whole or in part, in 36 more languages in 2021

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Jehovah’s Witnesses released the New World Translation in 33 languages in 2020 ─the most in any year since releasing their first translation in 1950.

As of December 31, 2020, the New World Translation is published in 195 languages.

According to the organisation, one of many milestones in their 2020 translation work was reached February 15, when Mr. Geoffrey Jackson, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, announced the completion of the first complete Bible in American Sign Language (ASL).

Speaking at the Witnesses’ release event in Florida, Jackson said: “As far as we know, Jehovah’s Witnesses are the first organisation or group of persons to release the complete Bible in ASL.

The Bible in ASL for the visually impaired

“And probably that means it’s the first complete Bible in sign language in the world (and) in the history of mankind.”

The New World Translation is currently available in whole or in part in nine Nigerian languages.

There is an ongoing effort to translate and distribute these Bibles in many more languages free of charge in Nigeria, they disclosed.

Besides hard copies, the jw.org Web site and the JW Library App make their digital publications available without charge or advertisements in all the languages available.

Jehovah’s Witnesses also plan to release the Bible, in whole or in part, in 36 more languages in 2021.

Meanwhile, Jehovah’s Witnesses have widened the frontier of knowledge in the world of the physically challenged persons, the visually impaired with a complete Bible in American Sign Language.

Braille is the embossed language for the visually impaired, and a form of printing for the blind. Raised dots … technology.

Globally, Braille was and still is the primary reading method for the blind people to access information, and it is an easy and straight forward way to transfer printed words into a tactile format.

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