December 18, 2012
Joining Forces: World's Three Largest Bible Translators, Thanks to Hobby Lobby Money
Partnership between Biblica, Wycliffe, and ABS will 'catapult Bible ministry into a new digital age.'
The world's three largest Bible translators have joined forces in a digital publishing effort aimed at bringing the Bible to every tribe and every nation.
Biblica, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, and the American Bible Society (ABS) have launched a new ministry, Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN), designed to "catapult Bible ministry into a new digital age." The ministry is funded through a partnership with Mart Green, whose family is well known for evangelical philanthropy and owns the retail craft chain Hobby Lobby.
ETEN will sponsor the Digital Bible Library, an online collection of Scriptures in audio, video, web, and print formats. Its mission is to decrease language barriers and allow Christian missions organizations to access "standardized, digitized, centralized and accredited" texts, aiding in evangelism and distribution.
According to a press release, Green says ETEN will "mobilize the necessary leadership and financial resources across our alliance partners so that by 2033, every tribe and every nation in the world has access to God's Word in their heart language."
CT has regularly covered Bible translation news, including heated debate over the phrase "Son of God," as well as gender-neutral changes in an NIV update. CT has also weighed in on the "battle for the Bible translation".