Although the New Testament, as we’ve already learned in previous devotions, was written in Greek, as Christianity spread to other parts of the world, translations into other languages were required.

One of the earliest translations of the New Testament into another language was the “Old Syriac.” Syriac was the chief language spoken in the regions of Syria and Mesopotamia and was almost identical to Aramaic, the language spoken by most Jews in the days of Jesus.

In the East, other translations, like the Egyptian, the Aremenian, and the Gothic, were made so that people might read the Bible in their own language.

In the West, however, the official language of the Roman Empire was Latin. Therefore, in the western Roman Empire the translation of the Bible into Latin became of paramount importance.