German Bible Society
|German Bible Society
|legal form||Non-profit foundation under public law|
|founding||1981 (predecessor: 1812)|
|motto||In the middle of life: We bring the Bible to everyone.|
|main emphasis||Publishing, research and missionary work for the dissemination of Bibles.|
|Managing directors||Christoph Rösel (Secretary General)|
From 1812 onwards, numerous small and large Bible societies were formed in Germany . The first of these was the Württembergische Bibelanstalt , forerunner of the German Biblical Society. In 1948 the "Association of Evangelical Bible Societies in Germany e. V. “founded. The association was a member of the World Association of Bible Societies from the beginning . The association published the yearbook The Bible in the World from 1957 to 1987 .
On October 30, 1953, the working group of the Protestant Bible Societies in Berlin and in the German Democratic Republic was founded. Chairman was President Werner Rautenberg, Greifswald; Secretary General Pastor Kurt Zabel, Potsdam.
In 1965, several independent regional Bible societies in the Federal Republic of Germany merged to form the Evangelical Bible Work . From 1965 to 1967/68, the Bible work published the handout Worldwide Mission. Handout for the Sunday of the World Bible Help . This handout was published in Wuppertal- Barmen , the seat of the office of the Evangelical Bible Works. In 1975, the Evangelical Biblical Works, under the leadership of its Secretary General Siegfried Meurer, launched the World Bible Aid campaign and began to systematically collect donations for worldwide Bible projects of the world association .
Independently of this, the German Biblical Foundation was established in 1975 through the merger of the Württemberg Bible Institute in Stuttgart (the oldest and largest German Bible Institute) with the smaller Canstein Bible Institute in Westphalia. In 1981 , the German Bible Society (DBG) emerged from the Evangelical Bible Works and the German Biblical Foundation , which until then had jointly performed the tasks of a Bible publisher for Germany . Gradually most of the other German Bible Societies joined this joint project, most recently in 1991 that of the former GDR .
The DBG is based in the Bible House of the former Privileged Württemberg Bible Institute in Stuttgart-Möhringen , where the current local department of the Württemberg Bible Society (successor to the Württemberg Bible Institute ) is located. The story goes back historically to the year 1812, which is why the German Bible Society celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2012.
As a publisher, the DBG has more than 700 books and other media in its program, including 300 Bible editions . Every year the Bible Society distributes more than 400,000 Bibles , especially the Bible translations of the Bible according to Martin Luther and the modern Good News Bible . The Bible Society publishes the globally accepted basic texts for Bible translation: the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia as well as the Novum Testamentum Graece and the Greek New Testament . The program also includes children's Bibles, computer Bibles and other media related to the Bible.
The promotion of the Bible mission is the second essential task that the German Bible Society has given itself in its statutes . The main goal of the foundation is to make the Bible accessible to people. In the past, this was seen primarily as a mandate to spread the Bible, today it is important for the association to open up new approaches to the Bible for people in Germany. This is the aim of 19 Bible Centers of regional Bible societies.
Together with 137 other Bible societies worldwide, the DBG has made the translation , production and distribution of the Holy Scriptures its task. The aim is to make the Bible available to everyone in their mother tongue at an affordable price. Since 1975, the society has supported corresponding projects in poorer countries through donations from Germany through the World Bible Aid campaign .
The foundation bodies are the general assembly, the board of directors and the management. The general assembly defines the principles and guidelines for the work of the German Bible Society. Members of the general assembly are representatives of 25 regional Bible societies, 14 free churches and Christian ministries as well as individuals.
The board of directors is responsible for the fulfillment of the foundation's tasks and monitors the activities of the German Bible Society. Members of the Board of Directors are the chairman, two deputy chairmen and up to 16 other members. The chairman of the administrative board is Annette Kurschus , President of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia.
Regional Bible Societies
- Anhalt Bible Society (1818)
- Baden State Bible Society (1820)
- Bavarian Central Bible Association (1823)
- Bible Society Kurhessen-Waldeck (1818)
- Biblical Works Rhineland, Wuppertal (1814)
- Brunswick Bible Society (1815)
- Bremische Ev. Bible Society (1815)
- Eutin Bible Society (1816)
- Frankfurt Bible Society (1816)
- Göttingen Bible Society (1818)
- Hanover Bible Society (1814)
- Lippe Bible Society (1816)
- Lübeck Bible Society (1814)
- Mecklenburg and Pomeranian Bible Society (2013)
- Middle German Bible Work (1995)
- Oldenburg Bible Society (1977)
- Osnabrück Bible Society
- East Frisian Bible Society (1838)
- Palatinate Bible Association (1915)
- Main Saxon Bible Society (1814)
- Schleswig-Holstein Bible Society (1815)
- Stader Bible and Mission Society (1832)
- v. Canstein Bible Institute in Berlin (2005)
- v. Canstein Bible Institute in Westphalia (1951)
- Württemberg Bible Society (1812)
Chair of the Board of Directors
- 1981–1987: Eduard Lohse
- 1987–1999: Ako Haarbeck
- 1999–2009: Walter Klaiber
- 2009–2017: Johannes Friedrich
- since 2017: Annette Kurschus
- In 2017, the German Bible Society and the agency “Gute Ambassador” received the Red Dot Design Award for their jewelery slipcase edition of the revised Luther Bible .
- Robert Steiner (Ed.): The Bible in the world. Yearbook of the Association of Evangelical Biblical Societies in Germany , 1957–1989, 22 issues.
- Robert Steiner (Ed.): The Bible in the world. Yearbook of the Association of Evangelical Bible Societies in Germany , Volume 11, Witten and Berlin 1968; including:
- Oliver Béguin: The Bible in the Church's Mission , pp. 27–39.
- Gerhard Voss : The Bible work in Mecklenburg - its origin and its development , pp. 79–93 ( online at pkgodzik.de ).
- Oskar Söhngen : The Evangelical Biblical Work , pp. 102–115.
- Robert Steiner: The Bible in the World , pp. 116–180.
- Table of contents of the previously published volumes of the yearbook “The Bible in the World” , pp. 222–236 (including: detailed list of publications on the Bible Societies in Germany, pp. 226 f. And 235 f.)
- Werner Rautenberg: The historical roots of the German Bible Societies. A contribution to its 150-year history. Lecture at the theol. Week on October 22, 1964 in Greifswald . In: Official Journal of the Evangelical Consistory in Greifswald , No. 2/1965, pp. 18–22 ( online version ).
- Wilhelm Gundert: History of the German Bible Societies in the 19th Century , Bielefeld: Luther 1987 (with Bibliography of the German Bible Societies , pp. 350–358).
- Reinhard Hempelmann (Hrsg.): Handbook of evangelistic-missionary works, institutions and communities. Christian publishing house Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1997, ISBN 978-3767577633
- German Bible Society
- Bible portal of the German Bible Society
- Bible portal for science
- The new translation of the Bible by the German Bible Society
- Estate of the German Bible Society , State Church Archives Stuttgart .
- Image brochure of the World Bible Aid Moving Different , 2015, p. 22.
- Robert Steiner (ed.): The Bible in the world. Yearbook of the Association of Evangelical Bible Societies in Germany , 1957–1989, 22 editions ( http://d-nb.info/010009175 )
- Reinhard Hempelmann (ed.): Handbook of evangelistic-missionary works, institutions and communities. Christian publishing house Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1997, page 115.
- Entry in the journal database
- Image brochure of the World Bible Aid Moving Different , 2015, p. 22.
- List of regional Bible societies
- Praeses Kurschus: New Chairwoman of the German Bible Society , idea.de, message from May 10, 2017.
- Dr. Christoph Rösel introduced as General Secretary
- Jan-Adolf Bühner (born 1948) was dean of the Ravensburg church district from 1991–1997 . Since 1997 he has been general secretary of the German Bible Society Foundation, managing director of the Bible and Culture Foundation and the ecumenical campaign “2003. The Year of the Bible ”. At the end of 2009 he retired. (Entry in the Vegelahn Bible Archive, online )
- On January 1, 2013, Klaus Sturm became head of the Württemberg Bible Society (WBG) based in Stuttgart-Möhringen . For Sturm, the new position meant a return to his old place of work, as he was theological managing director of the WBG for several years before working as general secretary of the DBG. ( Stuttgarter Nachrichten of December 30, 2012, online )
- Red Dot Communications Design Award: New Luther Bible 2017 , red-dot.de, accessed on May 6, 2018.