After the Bible is translated, how does it then become a book? That’s where typesetters come into play. Using the computer, typesetters take translated Scripture text and lay out every page digitally. They add maps, footnotes, chapters, verses, headings, glossaries, indexes, tables of contents — everything to make a completed book. It is detailed and labor-intensive work. A New Testament usually takes six to eight weeks, while a whole Bible can take as long as three to four months to complete.
Steve Pillenger, who serves as a typesetter in South Africa, explains that his greatest joy in his work is hearing the stories of how God’s Word is making a difference in people’s lives. Steve shares, “This is what it’s all about — enabling people to hear directly from God. Hearing stories like these is the best possible reward for a Scripture typesetter.”
Read an interview with Steve about typesetting.