The Bible: million sold in record South African year

2008-12-10 00:00

The Bible is still a popular read.

That’s according to the Bible Society of SA.

“The fact that the Bible Society has had a record year in terms of distribution is evidence that the Bible is still exceptionally popular among the South African people,” said the Reverend Gerrit Kritzinger, the chief executive officer of the Bible Society of South Africa.

The Bible Society has distributed more than a million Bibles in South Africa in the past year.

It is only the second time in the 188 years since the Bible Society has been active in SA that more than a million Bibles have been distributed in a single year. The last time was in 1984 when the distribution of a new translation in Afrikaans was largely responsible.

A new translation Die Bybel vir Dowes (Afrikaans Bible for the Deaf) was launched this year and 4 000 copies were sold in a few months.

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