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Translators complete American Sign Language Bible

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/24/20, 04:12 pm

Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel marked the end of a 38-year project involving 53 sign language translators—many of them deaf. Deaf Missions this week finished translating the Bible from its original languages into American Sign Language. The project started with the New Testament, which took 23 years to complete.

How does it work? The American Sign Language Version (ASLV) includes chapter-by-chapter videos of ASL narration of Biblical texts. The ASLV is available in five formats, and more than 1 million users already have downloaded the Bible App version, according to Deaf Missions.

Dig deeper: From WORLD’s archives, read Emily Belz’s report on the difficulties deaf people face at church.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 09/24/2020 04:54 pm

    Wow! What an amazing accomplishment!  Lord, bless those who tackled this project, and bless those who will be able to "read" Your Word in this way!

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