American Bible Society

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The American Bible Society ( ABS ) (in German: American Bible Society ) is a publishing house founded in 1816 that translates and distributes the Bible .

From 2000 to 2001 they produced 4,113,106 Bibles and 8,322,112 editions of the New Testament . The Bible translations published by ABS include the Good News Translation and the Contemporary English Version .

ABS is based in New York , where it also maintains a larger archive of rare or unusual Bible editions . Paul Irwin has been the company's director since 2006 .


Effie Eitam (Israel) examines a 16th century Hebrew Bible in the ABS library.

Representatives of several Bible societies from different parts of the United States met in New York City from May 8-13, 1816 for a convention aimed at establishing a joint venture. As follows from the auditor's report stating an examiner at the end of the first fiscal year, the company was founded on May 11, 1816th The assembly elected Elias Boudinot from New Jersey as the company's first president.

The American Bible Society celebrated its centenary of service in China in 1934. On the occasion, then-Assistant Director John R. Mott recalled that as early as 1833 the ABS had sent $ 3,000 to Elijah Coleman Bridgman , the first Protestant US missionary, to print Bibles in Chinese . By 1934 ABS had already distributed 70 million Bibles valued at $ 2,897,383.

A museum of ancient and historical Bibles is located at their Manhattan , NY headquarters . The oldest of them was created at the time of the Gutenberg Bible , some pages of which can also be found in the museum. The library contains editions of the Bible in all languages, from all countries and regions, and spans approximately six centuries. This makes it the second largest collection of religious books after the Vatican libraries . There are also thousands of randomly collected Bibles in their archives in South America.

In 1999 ABS put a free web builder for churches on the Internet. More websites followed, including in 2006 , where users can share their experiences with the Bible.

In 2006, the ABS started the first television series in which various biblical scholars are asked about current problems in society that are related to Christianity.

On June 19, 2014 ABS signed a registry agreement with ICANN on the new top-level domain .bible. It will be available without registration restrictions from March 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. German time.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ First Annual Report of the American Bible Society , accessed May 6, 2009
  2. .bible Registry Agreement at (English), accessed on February 4, 2016
  3. .bible domain names are now available to all! Get your .bible domain name today at, accessed on March 4, 2016

Web links

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