Korean Translation Published
The first translation of The URANTIA Book into an Asian language is a reality! In January, the long and painstaking effort of translating The URANTIA Book into the Korean language reached its fruition when the translators could finally hold in their hands fresh-from-the-printing-press copies of the Korean book. It is a hard cover publication with the same cover design as the latest English and Spanish books. Trustee Kwan Choi oversaw the printing in South Korea. We consider this first non-European language translation to be a significant milestone in the history of the revelation.
The Korean translation effort was initiated in 1993, thus taking six and a half years to complete. In most cases it takes six years of dedicated work to translate The URANTIA Book into any language.
An agreement was reached with a Korean distributor who will be distributing the new book to bookstores and libraries throughout Korea. We have also arranged for a distributor to make the Korean book available in the United States market. We are confident that the revelation will find hungry souls among the Korean people, and we are pleased that our Asian brothers and sisters will have the opportunity to experience, first hand, its supernal teachings.
The Korean language is spoken by some 76 million people: 45 million in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), 24 million in the People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), and five million in pockets of Japan and China. Moreover, there are over two million Korean-speaking people in the United States and Canada.
We thank all of the translators for their tireless efforts in helping to make the dissemination of The URANTIA Book possible to a worldwide community. As stated by a former Trustee, "The 21st Century brings the challenge of growth. The Foundation is laying the groundwork to meet this growth explosion. These are exciting times for all of us. This is surely the 'time of translation' and the beginning of the worldwide spread of these beloved teachings. Come join us and share the joy of this service."
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