Religion: Sowing the Seed

The Bible broke its own bestseller record in 1958. At the 143rd annual meeting of the American Bible Society in Manhattan last week, delegates learned that the society distributed 16,629,486 Scriptures last year in the U.S. and abroad. Previous record: 16 million in 1951.

By the end of 1958, at least some portion of the Bible had been published in 1,136 languages and dialects—the complete Bible in 215, the New Testament in 273, one or more Gospels in 648. During the year the society added three new languages: Huichol and Otomi (Mexican Indian) and Combe (Spanish Guinea). But there are more than...

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