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March 21, 2004

Group translates New Testament for deaf

From: Topeka Capital Journal - Topeka,KS,USA - Mar 21, 2004

The Associated Press

After 23 years of work by some 60 people, a Council Bluffs, Iowa, ministry group for the deaf has finished translating the entire New Testament into American Sign Language.

Translators appear on camera, signing the New Testament's 7,959 verses. After editing is completed, the translation should be available on DVD and videotape this summer.

Organizers said the project was needed because ASL is the native language for many deaf people.

"For most deaf people, English is their second language. How would you like to have to read a message that is critical to your life in some language other than English? Probably you wouldn't read the Bible at all," said Duane King, Deaf Missions' executive director.

Council Bluffs-based Deaf Missions plans to continue working on its Old Testament translation. So far, it has translated 13 of its 39 books.

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