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United Bible Societies

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United Bible Societies (UBS)
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The United Bible Societies (UBS) is a worldwide federation of Bible societies. Headquarters of the organisation is in Swindon, Wiltshire in England.


The organization was founded in 1948 with representatives from national Biblical societies.[1] In 2008, it had 100 member societies. [2] In 2013, it had 145 member societies in more than 200 countries.[3]. In 2019, it had translated the entire bible with her partners in 694 languages. [4]


The UBS has members and affiliates in 145 countries, working in more than 200 countries and territories.[5] They include:


The Bible Translator is a refereed journal, published since 1950, dedicated to articles about the theory and practice of Bible translation. It appears in two series – Technical Papers in January and July, and Practical Papers in April and October.[10]


  1. ^ George Thomas Kurian, Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, Volume 5, Rowman & Littlefield, USA, 2016, p. 2356
  2. ^ Mona Baker, Kirsten Malmkjær, Gabriela Saldanha, Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, Psychology Press, USA, 1998, p. 24
  3. ^ Paula Gooder, The Bible: A Beginner's Guide, Oneworld Publications, UK, 2013, p. 117
  4. ^ Eternity News, 5.6 billion have the Bible in their language, eternitynews.com.au, Australia, February 22, 2019
  5. ^ UBS web page retrieved Jan 24, 2011
  6. ^ Columbian Bible Society Archived June 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine website
  7. ^ Bible Society of South Africa website
  8. ^ Dutch Bible Society website
  9. ^ 'Lembaga Alkitab Indonesia' website
  10. ^ Journal
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