Last week, Publisher George H. Doran proudly announced that "the first translation of the Old Testament since the publication of the King James Bible in 1611 has been completed." Newspapers everywhere accepted the event as space-worthy news.

Fact is, the announcement is not strictly correct. Since 1611, the Old Testament has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and many other languages which had previously known no version. Since 1611, the Old Testament has been translated by Protestants into many languages (Spanish, Italian) which previously had had...

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