Religion: Beyond Babel

Wycliffians practice phonetics so they can preach the Gospel

The tongues of men have proliferated considerably since the Tower of Babel helped explain how the sons of Noah came to converse in so many different languages. Today there are 3,000 languages in the world, most of them oral only, which makes life difficult for Christian missionaries sworn to spread the word of God as widely as possible. Most Bible societies, in fact, concentrate mainly on getting adequate translations into the major written languages. But the Summer Institute of Linguistics has a longer reach. For...

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