British and Foreign Bible Society
|British and Foreign Bible Society
|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|
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.
- Why we exist at www.biblesociety.org.uk
- Fabian Handbook of the Historical Book Holdings online
- 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
- Where we work on unitedbiblesocieties.org (accessed August 22, 2012)