Russian Bible Society
(Российское Библейское Общество) - christian
non-denominational organization for translating and distributing the books of the Old Testament
and New Testament
and the Bible
The first attempts to translate books of the Bible into modern Russian language of that time took place in 16th and 17th centuries. But the mentioned works (by deacon of Posolsky Prikaz Avraamiy Firsov, pastor E.Gluk, archbishop Methodiy (Smirnov)) were lost during political turbulence and wars.
The full-scale Bible
translation into Russian language began in 1813 since the establishment of the Russian Bible Society
. The full edition of the Bible with Old Testament
and New Testament
was published in 1876. This work, called also Russian Synodal Bible
, is widely used by Protestant and even Catholic communities all over Russia and former USSR countries, and is also used by many Russian Orthodox for all kinds of teaching and private study, outside of liturgical use (for which the Old Church Slavonic version is preferred). Lately appeared several modern translations. The Russian Bible Society
since its establishment in 1813 and up to 1826 distributed more than 500 thousand of Bible related books in 41 languages of Russia. Several times in 19-th and 20th centuries activities of the Society were stopped by reactionary policies of the Russian Government.
Modern time history
The Society was restored in 1990-1991 after a pause connected with the Soviet regime restrictions.
The opening ceremony of the Building of the Russian Bible Society in Moscow was visited by representatives of Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant churches, who joined their eforts in Bible translation and distribution cause. The well-known Orthodox priest and theologian Alexander Men was one of the leaders of the refounded institution.
The editions of Society are based on the universal doctrine of the early Christian church and include non-confessional comments. Over 1,000,000 Bible related books are printed per year by that institution. The Bible is also being translated into native languages and dialects of Russia's ethnic groups.
Since 1995, the Russian Bible Society is a member of the United Bible Societies association.