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A Third of Millennials Do Not Read Bible Despite High Regard for It

October 24, 2014

New Survey Digs Deeper Into the Polarized Perceptions of the Bible Among Millennials Historical. Symbolic. Story. Sacred. Testimony. These are the top five words millennials use to describe the Bible. The new study Millennials and the Bible , co-commissioned by American Bible Society and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, dives deeper into the Read More »

Study Finds African-Americans Are More Bible Friendly Than the General Population

May 1, 2014

Scripture Remains a Cornerstone of Black Culture While the general American population is divided in their views of the Bible,i African-Americans are overwhelmingly pro-Bible. African-Americans came out on top in Bible engagement and Bible friendliness in American Bible Society's fourth annual State of the Bible survey. They also Read More »

Survey Finds Those Engaged with the Bible Outgive Bible Skeptics

May 1, 2014

American Bible Society's 2014 State of the Bible Examines the Relationship Between Engagement with the Bible and Charitable Giving Last year, a study found that the United States was the world’s most charitable nation.i Now, results from a recent survey may provide insight into why that is. American Read More »

America Is Still Generally Pro-Bible, But Bible Skeptics* Now Balance Out the Bible Engaged

April 9, 2014

Younger Generation Leads the Way in Bible Skepticism; American Bible Society Releases Findings in Its Annual State of the BibleReport After four years of research, American Bible Society has found the Bible landscape in the U.S. is shifting. A new report released today finds the percentage of Americans Read More »

American Bible Society’s President Meets with Pope Francis to Encourage Bible Reading Among Catholic

April 3, 2014

Yesterday, American Bible Society President and CEO Roy Peterson had a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. While the meeting was the first for Peterson, it was the continuation of an ongoing dialog between American Bible Society and Roman Catholic leadership around the importance of Bible engagement to the Read More »

American Bible Society to Sell Its Building on Broadway

March 25, 2014

After 48 years, American Bible Society will be selling its 12-story building, making way for a new presence within New York City. American Bible Society moved into the building at 1865 Broadway in 1966, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Billy Graham. The building, affectionately called Bible House, is the nearly 200-year-old ministry's fourth Read More »

Five Tips for Talking to Kids about the Story of Jesus

March 1, 2014

As Son of God hits theaters this weekend, many parents will struggle with how to explain the more difficult aspects of Jesus' life - such as the virgin birth and the crucifixion - to their children. Fortunately, American Bible Society's Children's Ministry Senior Advisor Margi McCombs is offering tips to Read More »

American Bible Society Announces Which Cities Rank—and Which Cities Tank—In Bible Mindedness

January 23, 2014

When it comes to U.S. cities that embrace the Bible, Tennessee still has bragging rights. The latest release ranking from American Bible Society finds Chattanooga is America’s most Bible-minded city. Chattanooga takes over the number-one ranking from Knoxville, which claimed the top spot in 2012. American Bible Society’s Read More »

Bible Translation Champion Named Next President of American Bible Society

January 15, 2014

American Bible Society  has selected a new leader to helm the historic ministry. Dr. Roy Peterson, who is currently serving as president and CEO of The Seed Company, will join American Bible Society in February in the ministry’s Manhattan office “We are thrilled to welcome Roy Peterson to Read More »

New Poll Results: Twice as Many Americans Make a Tradition of A Christmas Story than THE Christmas

December 3, 2013

According to the results of a survey released today, ninety-four percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. For most, this will be a time for traditions. Whether it is watching a classic movie, reading a Christmas poem or short story, or opening up the pages of Scripture, traditions will play an integral Read More »

American Bible Society Donates Bibles to Remind Congress to Protect the Nationʼs Most Vulnerable

November 12, 2013

 Last monthʼs government shutdown and fiscal crisis may have ended, but Christian leaders remain united in their desire to remind members of Congress that the nationʼs moral obligation to the poor is far from over. Thanks to a donation from American Bible Society, all 535 members of the Read More »

.BIBLE will Join .Com and .Org

August 19, 2013

American Bible Society to Offer a New Domain: .BIBLEWith fewer and fewer domain names available, American Bible Society will facilitate the addition of countless web addresses by releasing the .BIBLE top-level domain (TLD), making the message of the Bible even more accessible to people in a way that best fits Read More »


August 12, 2013

(As Compared with 66% of All Americans) The place of the Bible in public schools has been debated since the 1963 Supreme Court ruling in the consolidated cases of Abington School District v. Schempp and Murray v. Curlett. The debate continued earlier this year with the Texas Freedom Network findings, “Reading, Writing Read More »

American Bible Society and NHCLC join forces to combat Biblical illiteracy in Hispanic Communities

June 13, 2013

Two ministry heavyweights, American Bible Society and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), are launching a three-year effort to eradicate biblical illiteracy among Hispanics. According to a recent study conducted by Barna Hispanics, in partnership with American Bible Society, the NHCLC and OneHope, while 87 percent of Hispanics Read More »

American Bible Society’s Latino Advisory Council Appoints First Chairwoman

April 28, 2013

The Latino Advisory Council (LAC) of American Bible Society has announced the election of its first chairwoman, seasoned publishing executive, Tessie DeVore. Only a few years after its founding in 1816, American Bible Society began its historic ministry to the Spanish-speaking community. To continue this great legacy, the LAC was formed Read More »

American Bible Society Honors Latino Leaders Giving Shape to New Hispanic Faith Landscape

April 25, 2013

On April 11, American Bible Society honored five-time Latin Grammy award winner, Rev. Marcos Witt; Rev. Luis A. Cortes, Jr. of Esperanza USA; and the Most. Rev. Jose Arturo Cepeda, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, at their annual Hispanic Bible in America celebration. Not only did this event pay tribute to Christian Read More »

Free Catholic Military Bibles Now Available for U.S. Service Personnel, Veterans and Familie

April 24, 2013

Free Catholic military Bibles are now being made available to U.S. servicemen and women, veterans and their families from American Bible Society. Bound in water-resistant, earth-toned digital camouflage covers, the special volume of the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is durable, lightweight and handy for easy reference in Read More »

The State of the Bible

March 26, 2013

A new report released today finds Americans overwhelming (77%) believe morals and values are declining in the U.S. The most-cited cause for the decline? A lack of Bible reading. The findings are reported in American Bible Society’s annual State of the Bible survey released today. The report details Americans’ Read More »

The Bible Comes (Back) to Capitol Hill

January 24, 2013

Through its nearly 200-year history, American Bible Society has ministered through a Civil War, the Great Depression and two World Wars. Founded in 1816, the organization counts President of the Continental Congress Elias Boudinot, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Jay, and the sixth President of the Read More »

What Are America’s Most Bible-Minded Cities?

January 23, 2013

When it comes to U.S. cities that embrace the Bible, Knoxville, Tenn., tops the list. A newly released ranking from American Bible Society finds Knoxville residents have the highest combined levels of regular Bible reading and belief in the Bible's accuracy. American Bible Society's study of America's Most Bible-Minded Read More »

Insights into the Fastest-Growing Population Segment in the U.S

November 14, 2012

  A new study released today examines what influences the views of America’s fastest growing population group—Hispanics. The study, Hispanic America: Faith, Values & Priorities, reveals Hispanic Americans’ attitudes about faith, family and societal issues and gives insights into how their views will impact the political, social and Read More »

First Time Visit From Chaplain of The US House of Representatives

October 23, 2012

For the first time in its nearly 200-year history, American Bible Society will host the United States House of Representatives Chaplain, Father Patrick J. Conroy. In honor of Father Conroy’s visit, the first English translation of the Roman Catholic Bible Douay-Rheims will be on display. Fr. Conroy, a Jesuit Read More »

As The American Bible Challenge Debuts This Week, Fans Will Find Their Own Challenge on Facebook

August 23, 2012

  An overwhelming majority of Americans - 85 percent - have a Bible in their homes. But this week, their knowledge of the best-selling book of all time will be put to the test in a new television series from the Game Show Network, The American Bible Read More »

June 19: She’s My Sister Concert to Benefit Women in the Congo

June 12, 2012

  Eight amateur cyclists pedaling from Florida to New York will take a break from their bikes to join Sidewalk Prophets at a benefit concert on June 19 in Cleveland, Tenn. The second annual She's My Sister Bike Tour and benefit concert are part of an effort to raise awareness of Read More »

Albany Man Is Biking from Florida to New York to Aid Rape Victims in Congo

June 12, 2012

  Most Americans can't even imagine the kind of terror, violence and despair that have become a part of daily life for far too many in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). For decades, paramilitary groups led by Joseph Kony have terrorized the Great Lakes region of Africa - Read More »

June 8: Cyclists Depart on 1,900-Mile Trek to Offer Hope for Thousands

June 6, 2012

What motivates eight twenty- somethings to spend six weeks in the hot sun traveling more than 1,900 miles on a bicycle? Love. On Friday morning, June 8, a group of eight college students and recent grads will set off from Daytona Beach, Fla., and pedal their way north to New York City. Read More »

For 100th Birthday, 60-Year Volunteer Receives Honor

April 26, 2012

  For more than 60 years, local resident Nellie Bicksler has dedicated much of her life to help men, women and children find joy through the hope found in the Bible. To celebrate her 100th birthday, American Bible Society will honor Bicksler for her outstanding service and dedication by designating April 29, 2012, Read More »

Americans Evenly Split on Whether or not the Bible, Koran, and Book of Mormon Teach the Same Spiritu

April 17, 2012

  On the heels of Gallup’s assessment of the religiosity by state, American Bible Society is releasing in-depth findings from its State of the Bible survey, which details Americans’ beliefs about the Bible, its role in society, its presence in U.S. homes and more [Full findings available at Read More »

Donald Trump or God? America Votes on Whose Financial Advice is Better

March 6, 2012

In a down economy, many Americans are searching for advice on how to manage their finances. But whose advice do they trust? A new study shows more Americans are willing to take advice from Donald Trump (50%), a man whose companies have filed for bankruptcy at least four times, than from Read More »

Join Cyclists on a Trek from Florida to NYC to Give a Voice to Those Living Through Horrors in the C

February 16, 2012

It is definitely not a typical summer vacation. Young adults have the opportunity to spend six weeks pedaling up the East Coast to raise awareness of the needs of women living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the rape capital of the world. Bikers will trek Read More »

Brazilian Ministry is the Continuation of a Series of Multi-Language Ministries

January 6, 2012

With America continuing to grow more racially, ethnically and culturally diverse, the need for access to the Bible in a variety of languages continues to increase.As part of its Uncover the Word™ initiative, a national effort to help non-English speaking people in the U.S. engage with the Bible Read More »

300 Ministry Powerhouses Make History with Public Commitment to Daily Bible Engagement

November 10, 2011

Many of North America’s leading Christian Bible agencies, denominations and ministries came together this week to shine a light on the disconnect between Bible ownership and Bible reading. Some 300 Christian leaders gathered at the Forum of Bible Agencies—North America Summit Nov. 7-9 in Orlando, Fla., and signed the Read More »

American Bible Society Sponsors Exhibition Chronicling

September 16, 2011

American Bible Society was the first to showcase China Bible Ministry’s exhibition in the United States. In 2006 at their New York headquarters American Bible Society debuted the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Church in China entitled \"A Lamp to my feet, A Light to my path\". Now after five Read More »

To be Released: The Freedom Bible will Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

August 30, 2011

To honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2011 and celebrate those who lead rescue efforts, American Bible Society is releasing The Freedom Bible.  A collaborative effort between American Bible Society and The Salvation Army, The Freedom Bible highlights stories of how the Bible has helped people to overcome Read More »

Captain America or God: Who Said It?

August 29, 2011

At 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Survey Finds Americans Feel Less Safe In a summer filled with superhero cinema, Americans are confusing Captain America's messages of triumph with quotes from the Bible. The results of a survey released today found 63 percent of U.S. adults incorrectly attributed a Bible verse1 about overcoming Read More »

.Bible to Join .Com and .Org?

June 12, 2011

American Bible Society is working to make a new top-level domain available—.BIBLE. The .BIBLE domain will make millions of additional URLs available and the messages of the Bible even more accessible to people in a way that best fits their digital lives. Working with the International Corporation for Assigned Read More »

11 Riders + 7 Weeks +2,500 Miles = Hope for Thousands

May 23, 2011

On Thurs., May. 26 a group of 11 college students and recent grads will set off from Daytona Beach, Fla., and pedal their way north to Portland, Maine.  Along the way they will stop at churches in 13 states to raise awareness and “compassion capital” for the women of the Congo.   Read More »

400 Years Later, the Most-Quoted Book in History Is Still a Mystery to Most Americans

May 2, 2011

***New Research Findings***  Though many quote the King James Bible every day, few know much about it. While everyday phrases such as \"turned the world upside down\" and \"in the twinkling of an eye\" owe their origins to the King James Bible, a survey released today found that 71 percent Read More »

Two Weeks in a Row, the Bible Beats Out Bieber on Facebook

April 20, 2011

Experts & Artifacts Available from 195-Year-Old American Bible Society The Bible beat out Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for the second week in a row to remain the most-visited page on Facebook. That's pretty impressive for a book that is often maligned as a stodgy, outdated rulebook. Facebook users are Read More »

Pentagon Chaplain Joins American Bible Society as Director of Armed Services Ministry

March 17, 2011

Col. Rev. Dr. James Puchy recently retired as the commandant and director of sustainment and information for the Army Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon to join American Bible Society as the organization’s executive director of Armed Services Ministry.   Puchy knows firsthand the needs of members of Read More »

American Bible Society and’s YouVersion Launch a Spanish Version of America’s Most Pop

December 6, 2010

A national campaign to spark new—and renewed—Bible readership is launching this week.  American Bible Society and’s YouVersion are joining together to launch a Spanish version of the nation’s most popular Bible app.  The new app features the world’s best-known Spanish Bible Read More »

New Yorkers De-Stress During Lunch Hour at American Bible Society’s Manhattan Headquarters

October 12, 2010

Stressed out New Yorkers now have a place to recharge. Bible Talk Tuesdays, hosted by the American Bible Society are set to take place every Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at 1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, between 61st and 62nd streets near the 59th Street Columbus Circle subway stop.Bible Read More »

A statement from American Bible Society President Lamar Vest regarding the Pew Forum on Religion

September 28, 2010

In response to the report released today by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, American Bible Society President Lamar Vest issued the following statement: “Today’s research report from The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life exposes a deficit in religious knowledge among a majority of Americans. Read More »

American Bible Society Honors Ed Morgan for 16 Years of Rebuilding Lives of New York’s Homeless

September 28, 2010

On September 23, the American Bible Society honored Edward H. Morgan, Jr., President & CEO of The Bowery Mission, for his outstanding work in ministry to the homeless of New York City. “The Bowery Mission has a gem in Ed Morgan as their leader. Ed’s passion for the Bible and Read More »

Full Page New York Times Ad Signed By Christian Leaders Across Denominations

September 10, 2010

R. Lamar Vest, president of American Bible Society, issued the following statement about this weekend’s full-page ad in Section A of The New York Times. “Today’s ad in The New York Times simply states that ‘burning the Qur’an does not illuminate the Bible.’ I have signed my Read More »

Statement from R. Lamar Vest, President of American Bible Society, on the passing of the translator

July 14, 2010

The Bible translation community lost a luminary today. Dr. Robert Galveston Bratcher’s contributions as a Bible translator have touched the lives of millions around the world. He began his Bible translation career at American Bible Society in 1957. Hired initially as a Research Associate, Dr. Bratcher’s translation work spanned Read More »

Catholic Bible Summit to Focus on Living the Word of God in Challenging Times

June 26, 2010

On Saturday, June 26, the New York Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, Fordham University and the American Bible Society will sponsor a one-day Bible Summit at Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, on 60th Street and Columbus Avenue, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The theme of the summit, “Live the Word of God Read More »

American Bible Society and Scripture Union Join Together to Tacle Disappearing Bible Influence

June 10, 2010

Leaders from American Bible Society and Scripture Union/USA gathered in New York City to charter a three-year alliance agreement, joining resources in the fight against ever-declining Bible comprehension and engagement.This joint project will bring together the strengths of both organizations to help foster a National Scripture Campaign, equipping Read More »

For the First Time in More Than 90 Years, 70 Million Chinese Christians Have Access to a Bible They

March 15, 2010

For the first time since 1919, the 70 million Chinese Christians worldwide - including the Chinese Christians in San Francisco - have access to an updated Bible in a language each can understand. It provides an alternative to the Chinese Union Version, a translation that is filled with characters that are no Read More »

Rare Bibles on Display for the first time in 200 years

February 10, 2010

Rare Bibles on Display for the first time in 200 years American Bible Society loans Mobia historic collection for public viewings New York, NY, February 10, 2010 The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) and the American Bible Society (ABS) announce multi-year loan of the holdings of the Rare Bible Collection to the Museum Read More »

Sidewalk Prophets and American Bible Society Announce Partnership as Band Hits Road for Extensive Sp

January 21, 2010

Sidewalk Prophets and American Bible Society Announce Partnership as Band Hits Road for Extensive Spring Tour Nashville, Tennessee, January 21, 2010 Fervent Records’ recording artist Sidewalk Prophets and the nation’s largest Bible ministry, the American Bible Society (ABS) recently, announced their partnership in an effort to join forces for new generation Read More »

American Bible Society and Haitian Counterpart Lead Coalition of Agencies Providing Earthquake Assis

January 15, 2010

Clean water, counseling services and portions of Scripture to provide hope and peace are en route to those affected by Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. Working through the Haitian Bible Society, a 32-year-old service organization, American Bible Society and its partners around the world have come together to providetangible and spiritual Read More »

Obama or God: Who Said It?

November 23, 2009

Americans are confusing President Barack Obama’s messages of hope with quotes from the Bible. A survey released today found 54 percent of U.S. adults attributed a Bible verse about caring for the poor and oppressed to celebrities, politicians, and others including Oprah, Bono, and Angelina Jolie rather than the Read More »

American Bible Society Responds to Fort Hood Tragedy

November 6, 2009

The following is a statement from Lamar Vest, president and CEO of the American Bible Society in response to the shooting at Fort Hood yesterday: “We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims, their families and our military comrades who have been affected by the shooting at Fort Read More »

American Bible Society Commemorates U.S. Visit of Exumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with Exhibition a

October 21, 2009

To commemorate the upcoming U.S. visit of the spiritual leader of the Orthodox church, the American Bible Society will highlight an exhibition of sacred texts and icons celebrating the history of the Orthodox tradition that was organized by the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) opening on October 30 and continuing Read More »

American Bible Society Mourns the Loss of Board Member John H. Leonard

October 20, 2009

The American Bible Society mourns the loss of John H. Leonard who passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family on August 24. He was a long serving member of the ABS Board. Mr. Leonard was 87 and suffered from cardiopulmonary difficulties. John was born in New York City, Read More »


August 31, 2009

Queen City Software Engineer Receives National Recognition with Award from Music Industry Executives Marc-Arthur Pierre-Louis has serious talent. A software engineer, songwriter and pastor in Charlotte, Pierre-Louis was selected from among hundreds of applicants from across the U.S. as the winner of the American Bible Society's Scripture Song Award Read More »

Grammy Nominated Hispanic Christian Rock Group Offers Free Music and Asks Fans to Text Message Durin

August 20, 2009

Rojo and the American Bible Society Team Up For National Program Christian rock band Rojo will be the 2009 spokesperson for the national Bible reading project, “The Bible is my Guide”. The project is an effort of the American Bible Society to motivate the Latino community to engage with the Word Read More »