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Scripture Distribution Drops Slightly
August 5, 2009
Bible Societies Distribute 382 Million Scriptures in 2008
Reading, August 4 (idea) World distribution of the Bible and Scripture portions has dropped slightly last year.
According to the United Bible Societies, based in Reading, England, the 145 member societies distributed more complete Bibles in 2008 than in the previous year but fewer portions and Scripture selections.
Almost 28.5 million complete Bibles were distributed, roughly 5 percent more than in 2007 (27 million). The result for New Testaments was 11,6 million in 2008 and 13 million in the previous year minus 11 percent.
The distribution of Bible portions fell by 5 percent from 16.2 million in
2007 to 15.4 million in 2008. In all, 382 million Scriptures were distributed last year compared to 391 million in 2007.
The figures do not take into account Scripture distribution by agencies not affiliated with the United Bible Societies. They are active in 200 countries.