The Bible Society’s vision is to holistically meet the needs of communities through the transforming Word of God.
Our specific mission as a Christian inter-confessional, ecumenical, non-profit organization is to work to spread the Holy Bible’s message and culture to all generations through:
- Translating, publishing, and distributing the Scripture using visual, audio-visual, readable, and digital formats.
- Encouraging people to read and engage with God’s Word.
- Advocating the Bible cause to uphold human dignity.
- Partnering with all Churches and Christian institutions.
A Heritage of Regional Leadership
Bible Society has been instrumental in completing the joint Good News Arabic (GNA) translation in 1993. Up till then, the two widely used Arabic translations were the Van Dyke & Al-Boustani (1865) and the Jesuit translation (1880), widely used among Catholic churches. Work on the GNA began in the sixties under the supervision of Bible Society and in collaboration with several scholars of the original languages and Arabic translators to complete the whole Bible. We have also presented the Scriptures in many other formats, including videos and tapes, and soon on CD-ROMS and an interactive site on the World Wide Web.
Partnerships of Service
Across the region, the Bible Society is an active partner with denominations, churches, Parachurch and other non-profit organizations to share God’s Word. Bible Sundays help in building these relationships and to meet other specific needs. Many volunteers from differing church traditions share Scripture materials in local settings and distribution camps.
A Stewardship of Resources
The Lebanon Bible Society has been blessed with continuous financial support from other sister Bible Societies. However, in the last few years, the margin of local individual and organizational donors has increased markedly. These funds are used for translating, publishing and distributing the Holy Scriptures. For certain needs, some program costs are subsidized for free distribution, especially those related to students.
Bible Society is involved in the distribution of Scriptures in Iraq. Since the Gulf war, Scripture distribution has been difficult in the war-torn nation, but thousands of Scriptures are reaching the churches of Iraq every year. Through this and similar efforts, multitudes have received the Word of God for the first time in their lives.
Our catalogs offer Scriptures in more than 27 languages along with a wide selection of resources that congregations and scholars can use in their Bible study programs.
The new Bible Society Center is constructed for the main purpose of serving the needs of the regional distribution market. The Center is designed with a large warehouse to maintain a continuous supply of Scripture and Scripture-related publications. A bookshop with samples of all Bible Society products, Bible World, lecture halls, conference rooms, library, offices, production, translation and computer centers are some of the facilities that will be available to our Christian partners and churches.
Centered on the Bible
The people and programs of Bible Society are centered on the Bible and its life-giving message of hope, justice, and reconciling love. We believe the Scriptures speak for themselves; we don’t add doctrinal notes or comments of confessional bias. By honoring this historic focus on the Scriptures, the Bible Society is able to unite Christians from all traditions and strengthen the impact of the Bible’s transforming power. Bible Society seeks to serve the Scripture needs of all of God’s children by staying centered on the Word.
Looking to the Future
There is much work yet to be done. Millions of people still have no portion of the Bible in their native language. Those who have the Scriptures need tools that would encourage them to draw from this deep well of hope and truth. We invite all persons to join together with Bible Society and support the mission of sharing God’s Word with the world.
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