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Finished in the city of Mainz in 1453, the giant Mainz Bible is composed of 459 vellum skin leaves bound in 2 volumes. Each page measures 22 by 16 inches (roughly 56 by 41 cm). It took a single scribe 15 months and 2 metric tons of ink to embellish it. Completed in 1453, it is one of Europe's last great handwritten copies of God's word. The only copy of the book is owned by the U.S. Library of Congress.
The first complete copy of Scripture printed in the Western Hemisphere is called the Eliot Indian Bible. Printed between 1660 and 1663 A.D., it was named after John Eliot, an English Puritan clergyman and pastor in Roxbury, Massachusetts in the United States. John translated the Bible into the Natick dialect of the region's Algonquin tribes to aid in the distribution of God's truth. One thousand copies of the book were printed by Samuel Green and Marmaduke Johnson. The printing was large enough to require a special shipment of paper from England.
The Bible continues to be the most translated book in the world. As of 2005, at least one book of the Bible has been translated into 2,400 of the 6,900 known languages in the world. God's word is available, in whole or in part, to 98 percent of the world's population in a language in which they are fluent.