Signs of the Times

[From the Christian Intelligencer and Mission Field, New York, N. Y.]

The biggest year of Bible circulation, since the high levels of the war period, is reported by the American Bible Society in their annual report. The total number of volumes circulated during the year was 4,855,464, which is more than a million in excess of the preceding year. The largest increase is shown in China, where 2,362,730 were circulated. From Japan, the Near East, and all of Latin America, there has come an increased demand so great that the society has been unable to meet it. During the year, the society has been busy with many important translation programs. The revise Spanish New Testament has been completed, and will be ready for distribution during the coming year. Translation work has gone forward also in Luragoli for missions in British East Africa; in Quechua for the Bolivian Indians; in Zululand for the black people of South Africa; in K'pelle for use in Liberia. In China large parts of the Scriptures have been issued in the new Phonetic Script, which is a simplified written form endorsed and promoted by the government.

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