Mark Bostridge

The Bible exists in some 700 languages – so it still has a long way to go

With 7,000 living languages now in the world, there are countless pitfalls for translators, as John Barton demonstrates

William Tyndale, who translated the Bible into English and was burned at the stake for heresy in 1536. [Alamy]

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