British and Foreign Bible Society

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British and Foreign Bible Society
legal form Charity
founding 1804
founder William Wilberforce
Seat Swindon , England
motto We are working to see a day when the Bible's God-given revelation, inspiration and wisdom is shaping the lives and communities of people everywhere.
main emphasis Bible translation and distribution
Action space worldwide, focus on England a. Wales
people James Catford

The British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS; British and Foreign Bible Society ) is a Christian charitable organization that aims to make the Bible available worldwide. In England and Wales it is known simply as the Bible Society . The society was founded on March 4, 1804 and does not belong to any denomination . Today, there is a company called Bible Society Resources Ltd .


In 1804 a group of Christians sought to solve the problem of the availability of affordable Bibles in Wales to Welsh-speaking Christians. The situation was illustrated by a young girl named Mary Jones who walked 20 miles to get a Bible in Bala .

From the very beginning, the British and Foreign Bible Society tried to be ecumenical and nonsectarian. The first president was John Shore . In 1813 the British and Foreign Bible Society allowed the addition of the Apocrypha . A controversy over the Apocrypha and the Metrical Psalms led to the separation of the Glasgow Bible Society and Edinburgh Bible Society in 1825/26 , which later formed the Scottish Bible Society . In a similar controversy in 1831 over important positions in society that were occupied by Unitarians , a minority split off and founded the Trinitarian Bible Society .

The Society's library was given as a deposit to Cambridge University Library in 1984 . At the end of 2013 it became known that the Bible Society wanted to sell several manuscripts, including the Codex Zakynthius, in order to finance the construction of a visitor center. The University of Cambridge received a right of first refusal and sought the required sum to February 2014 [date] to apply.


Like many other local Bible societies around the world, the British and Foreign Bible Society is part of the United Bible Societies .

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Individual evidence

  1. Why we exist at
  3. Fabian Handbook of the Historical Book Holdings online
  4. Cambridge University Library bids to purchase early Gospel manuscript , accessed December 18, 2013; the Deakzessions -Vorhaben the Bible Society, is seen as critical, see UK: Bible Society to sell important bible manuscripts on Archivalia , accessed on 18 December 2013
  5. Where we work on (accessed August 22, 2012)