I have been reading through the Golden Age 1926. I came across this statement on page 242 of the January 13 edition, “The Society issues Bibles or parts of Bibles in 572 languages” under the subheading, “Soviets Refuse Admission of Bible.”
This is telling in and of itself. The organization that we know today is known for publishing as it says, “Bible based publications.” Here it is the total opposite and only talked about the Bibles it has printed.
This site gives statistics on how many Bibles are in existence by language: Quora-How Many Languages is The Bible In?
From this page you will see that 2,900 languages of the 7,000 on the face of the planet have some portion of the Bible written in it’s language. That number is getting added to.
Let’s examine one group that is considered part of “Babylon the Great.” I heard a presentation from the Wycliffe Global Alliance and how they are working at getting more bibles into foreign lands. If memory serves me correctly, they first go for the gospel according to John, then move to the rest of the Greek Scriptures. From there, they cover the Hebrew Scriptures. The translation process for them requires years of training to gain mastery of the language.
The video below taken from the Annual Meeting of es in 2013 Part 4 of 7 has Geoffrey Jackson explaining information regarding translation techniques 2:25-3:35 mark.
Notice it’s English comprehension and computer skills needed as primary skills for translation.
This led me to searching the Society and seeing how many languages the New World Translation is printed in. Here’s one quote I found:
The Bible is the worlds most widely translated book-parts of it being available in over 2400 languages. Some languages have not just one translation but scores of them. If you have a choice in your language, you surly want to use the very best translation you can find.
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. May 1, 2008 p. 18
This can be possibly misleading. The causal Watchtower reader may possibly believe that the organization is responsible for producing a number of the Bibles.
However, let’s see what the New World Translation edition of 2013 on page 4 says:
Available in whole or in part in over 120 languages.
New World Translation. 2013 Edition. p. 4
Let’s contrast that with other publications.
For instance, The Watchtower, available in over 210 languages, explains Bible prophecy, increases our comprehension of deep spiritual truths, and motivates us to live by Bible principles. Awake! magazine, published in some 100 languages, broadens our knowledge of Jehovah’s creative works and shows us how to apply the Bible’s practical counsel. (Prov. 3:21-23; Rom. 1:20) The faithful slave provides Bible-based material in more than 680 languages!
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. August 15, 2014. p. 4
So let’s do some analysis on the information above:
The Wycliffe Global Alliance that is part of “Babylon the Great,” puts forth a greater effort in bible translation since it produces 531 complete translations compared to the 120 of the Watchtower Society. The difference is approximately 411 languages.
Why doesn’t Jehovah give his blessing to his “one true organization” and have the Society with a greater output then this group (it’s just one that i’ve listed and there are most likely more)? The Wycliffe Group on their about page started in approximately 1942. The Watchtower Society was founded in 1879 and has a 63 year head start. The sole mission of this group is to produce a Bible in every language needing one by 2025. This is in great contrast to the organization that is supposed to be advancing the kingdom which had a definitive date of establishment in the days of Russell (1914) to now it is “soon” to be established.
In 1926, the organization primarily utilized the King James Version. It wasn’t until 1942 that the organization started to use the American Standard Version for in part because of the use of the word “Jehovah” used throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. As you may well know, the organization first released the complete New World Translation in 1961 after releasing it in part starting in 1950. Regardless, the primary bible used by the organization has seen a net decrease of 452 languages from the days of Rutherford until now.
The JW Library App has the King James and American Standard Version available in addition to the Kingdom Interlinear, Byington, and New World Translation available. Why not hand out one of those translations such as the King James Version? It has been translated into approximately 2,452 languages according to the site King James Bible Online.
I think it goes on to show without much explanation needed that the New World Translation of the Bible has been altered to fit their doctrines rather than conform their doctrines to that of the Bible. One easy example is Philippians 2:9 with the insertion of the word “other” that is no longer in brackets. Hence, the Society is at a disadvantage of getting Bibles into foreign lands.
Next, the Watchtower is written in over 210 languages. The New World Translation is written in 120. This means that the organization has 90 more languages available for reading the Watchtower Magazine compared to the New World Translation. If you as a Jehovah’s Witness are going to actually read the verses listed, how can you do so without a translation? Does this mean that there is an incomplete meal of “proper food at the proper time?” I merely ask the question, what does the organization place a priority on? The Awake! magazine has a slightly lesser importance given that it is printed in only 100 languages.
Perhaps with the organization printing less in regards to the Watchtower and Awake! magazines, they will reallocate some of the funds to Bible making (it’s a dream, yes I know).
With things like this in mind, what has caused the organization to go from speaking in reference to the languages the Bible has been printed in to focusing more on “bible related” material by the organization?
For all of the material that you place in door to door work, how often do you go and place a Bible as opposed to a Watchtower magazine?
By all means, place down that Watchtower and read the Bible. Learn who the Jesus of the Bible is and I will ask, would you consider walking away from this organization and accepting Jesus only? If this organization was truly worried about the eternal state of people, should it print more Bibles or more Watchtower related material?