How many languages has the book of mormon been translated. The miraculous translation of the book of mormon into ukrainian. The critics have been quick to condemn the book of mormon because of this fact. Mormon scriptures to be translated into 34 additional languages. Although much attention has been given to this statement, mormons still accept as canon the authorized king james version. But over the past few decades, translation has accelerated. Photos has church art notes has links to general conferences, ensign, b of m, friend, new era. Why does the church of jesus christ of latterday saints continue to defend joseph smiths translation of the book of abraham when the depictions are known. The 22 languages in which the book of mormon is now in print make it available to some 40 percent of the worlds population. As the popularity of mormonthink grows, many people have asked about translating the mormonthink webpages into other languages.
Those willing to loan their copy of the book of mormon are. It has since been shared with other book of mormon scholars as well. For other major languages such as japanese, the book of mormon has been retranslated to compensate for language drift. Sixteen more, including the first in asian languages and several in south. Even if you arent a mormon, you may find the book of mormon a valuable tool for learning to read in a new language. Most lds church members were taught that joseph smith used seer stones referred to as the urim and thummim nephite interpreters to translate the book of mormon bom 1 to various scribes. Joseph smith was a seer able to translate the golden plates into the book of mormon by his seer abilities not by the plates themselves. If the book of mormon is an accurate translation, some claim that it shouldnt contain these translational errors.
They had been placed there 1,400 years earlier by an ancient prophet named moroni. We discourage this type of publication and call attention to the fact that the book of mormon was translated by the gift and power of god, who has declared that it is true. In the 8 th article of faith it is stated we believe the bible to be the word of god as far as it is translated correctly. Phrases speak like a native useful phrases translated from english into 28 languages.
A page about the translations of the book of mormon. There has been a hegemony for years of englishlanguage books being translated into many other languages, a cultural phenomenon comparable though much smaller in scale to us dominance of the worldwide film market. If a virtual private party is more your thing, go here for details. The book of mormon has been translated in its entirety into 97 languages.
According to most adherents of the latter day saint movement, the book of mormon is a 19thcentury translation of a record of ancient inhabitants of the american continent, which was written in a script which the book refers to as reformed egyptian. Popular english book translations in foreign markets. The bible has been translated into many languages from the biblical languages of hebrew, aramaic and greek. Another recent translation of mormon literature is the french translation of rachel hunt steenbliks poetry collection mothers milk, entitled lait maternel. There are at least185 quotations and 2,500 unique vocabulary words from the new testame. All of these appeared in 1852, and culminated with george q. The book, like the bible, is divided into chapters and verses. This whole concept of finding the book of mormon on plates is a sham. The book of mormon is a sacred volume of scripture, a second testament and witness of jesus christ, the redeemer of the world. Interesting correspondence on the subject of the manual theory. As a linguistic exercise, he translated the book of mormon from english into arabic. The book of mormon in many languages home facebook. Although the same factors that led to the retranslation of the book of mormon into other modern languages are somewhat applicable to english, i dont know whether or not a translation from english into english will ever be. Soon after the first copies of the book of mormon were published, the work of translating it into french, german, danish, welsh, and italian began.
Translation of the book of mormon into foreign languages. The following letters on the subject are, therefore, both timely and engagingeditors. No further translations were published for twenty years. Albanian online, gospel library mobile app, pdf, mobile feature phone. This experience is familiar to those who have been involved in translating the scriptures from english into other languages. Mormon scriptures to be translated into 34 additional. This claim, as well as all claims to historical authenticity of the book of mormon, are rejected by nonlatter day saint historians. A person that has been translated is referred to as a translated being. How many languages has the book of mormon been translated into. Portions of the book have been translated into another 20 languages. The urim and thummim was preserved in a stone box, along with the gold plates, for over 1,500 years for the purpose of enabling joseph to. Thus at least some portions of the bible have been. In the theology of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints lds church, translation refers to being physically changed by god from a mortal human being to an immortal human being.
Join a live hosted trivia game for your favorite pub trivia experience done virtually. Above all, were these words given by the gift and power of god. Translations of mormon literature into second languages. According to lds belief, enoch, elijah, moses, john the apostle, the three nephites, and others were translated. New scripture translation projects approved over the last several years include the book of mormon in burmese, efik, georgian, navajo, pohnpeian, sesotho, and tshiluba. Translations of the book of mormon in alphabetical order afrikaans online, gospel library mobile app, pdf. These tables show all the versions of the book of mormon that have been translated. The translators of the book of mormon deseret news. Mormons believe that the bible and the book of mormon are. Christie, who created famed detective hercule poirot, has been translated into at least 103 different languages. The mormon church is for the first time publishing photos of the stone it believes founder joseph smith used to help translate the story that became the basis of the religion. How many languages has the book of mormon been translated into and how many copies have been distributed in the years since it was first printed. Translating the book of mormon is an enormous task requiring literally years of patient, prayerful effort. Receiving translations of the book of mormon, the churchs signature scripture, for the first time will be speakers of burmese, georgian, navajo.
As of 1990, the entire book of mormon was available in 36 languages including english, while selections was available in 44 additional languages. A young armenian holding a copy of the book of mormon only recently translated into his language approaches a member of the team who assisted with the translating. Retranslations of early editions began in 1952 with the second translation into spanish. List of literary works by number of translations wikipedia. Translation for book of mormon in the free englishswahili dictionary and many other swahili translations. Who translated the book of mormon text into english for. The book of mormon came into the world through a series of miraculous events. The church of jesus christ of latterday saints, which has translated the full book of mormon into 90 languages selections are offered in 21 others since the work was first printed in.
Ill add a note that ive seen at least a dozen incomplete translations selections from the book of mormon into more obscure languages. Jones produced the first translation of selections from the book of mormon into spanish. Book of mormon translations the encyclopedia of mormonism. Published in 1976, the thai language was the 24th language into which the full text of the book of mormon was translated excluding translations for languages for which there is no version currently in print. Translation of the book of mormon mormonism, the mormon. Mormon, an ancient american prophet, compiled the records of his people into the book of mormon. Book of mormontranslation errors from the kjv fairmormon. The lost 116 pages were the original manuscript pages of what joseph smith, founder of the latter day saint movement, said was the translation of the book of lehi, the first portion of the golden plates revealed to him by an angel in 1827. There are quite a few nonfiction works translated into spanish, portuguese, and other languages sold on the deseret book website. He listed a halfdozen languages he tried, all of which did not accommodate the strange sentence structure found in the book of mormon. Play sporcle s virtual live trivia to have fun, connect with people, and get your trivia on.
The book of mormon incorporates text which seems to be taken from the king james version, including passages which are now considered to be mistranslations in the king james version. And please add speaking developing a keynote and seminar, especially for nonfiction, can not only be a profit center but a sales, marketing and pr tactic. Litster, administrator for established languages, church distribution and translation services since the publication of the first five thousand copies in. Interest in the manner of the translation of the book of mormon is still alive among many thoughtful students. The letter, reprinted here by permission from mitchell, hypothesizes that the identities of those responsible for translating the book of mormon text into early modern english for joseph to read may be discernible from scriptural clues within the book of mormon itself. Making the book of mormon and other standard works available in many. The german translation of the book of mormon gilbert w. Join us this year for book of mormon day 2017 book of mormon day commemorates the day that the first edition of the book of mormon was published in english on march 26, 1830. Sister nelson and i have a close friend and former neighbor, sami hanna, who was born in egypt. The record was translated from reformed egyptian into english through the gift and power of god. I will now give you a description of the manner in which the book of mormon was translated. He is a scholar with special expertise in semitic languages. Scharffs journal of book of mormon studies 111 2002. Sami hanna on semitic uniqueness and the book of mormon.
The story recounted as a faith promoting aspect of this that he translated the text from english first into ancient egyptian, and then from there into. Since then the book of mormon has been translated into 110 languages, and more than 170 million copies have been printed. Church to translate scriptures in 34 more languages. From time to time there are those who wish to rewrite the book of mormon into familiar or modern english. Why more foreign writers arent published in america. Book of mormon translations encyclopedia of mormonism. Is the book of mormon like any other nineteenth century book. By 1968, the book of mormon was translated in only 18 languages.
The book of mormon mentions the word hebrew in only one verse, and even that passage, mormon 9. This book details the story of the translation of the book of mormon into the thai language. The church of jesus christ of latterday saints, which has translated the full book of mormon into 90 languages selections are offered in 21 others since the work was first printed in 1830, also. Im currently using it to learn portuguese, and ive discovered even people who arent mormon are using the book as a valuable tool. The book of mormon is available in print in various sizes, bindings, and colors. Joseph smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light. Unless otherwise indicated, the translation was financed and the resulting text published by the church of jesus christ of latterday saints lds church. Mch is a selection of church news, lds trends, stories, mormon lifestyle and other useful ideas for the lds. Joseph smith found the golden plates buried in a hill near his home.
The king james bible and the book of mormon its obvious even to the casual reader that the book of mormon, in its original 1830 translation, is written in the language of the king james version bible hereafter kjv. According to the lds church, more than 150 million copies of the book of mormon have been printed and are available in 90 languages. These pages, which had not been copied, were lost by smiths scribe, martin harris, during the summer of 1828 and are presumed to have. The book of mormons old testament portion bmot quotes heavily from the new testament of the bible. Book of mormon written in modernday english grace for grace.
How to translate your book and get published into other. Why new testament words and phrases are in the book of mormon part 9. What is the original language of the book of mormon. Okay, its not an actual book, but to round out the list of some of the top english book translations, the famed british mystery writers name had to be included. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the translations, but this is a good place to begin. As of october 2019 the full bible has been translated into 698 languages, the new testament has been translated into an additional 1,548 languages and bible portions or stories into 1,8 other languages. The exact process by which that power was manifest through joseph smith is only fully known to the lord and the prophet. Food for thought on the translation of the english bible mormons have articles of faith which are similar to creeds in other religions. Since it was first published in english in 1830, the book of mormon has been fully translated into 82 languages, and printed copies have totaled more than 150 million. Book of mormon translator converted the mormon urban. He said, i finally tried egyptian, and to my complete surprise, i found that the book of mormon translated flawlessly into egyptian, not modern, but ancient egyptian. The exercise converted him to the divinity of the book of mormon. Today, all or part of the book of mormon has been translated into 112 languages. Cannons translation of the book of mormon into hawaiian in 1855.1126 1063 813 333 622 565 213 96 993 1481 1297 1501 607 1110 1467 1452 1107 650 996 418 1374 1132 999 295 691 143 127 238 1211 1302 1226 567 1160 433 494 638 292