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The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society

John Fea


Endorsed in its time by Francis Scott Key, John Jay, and Theodore Roosevelt, the American Bible Society (ABS) is a seminar institution for American Protestants. The groups were founded in 1816 with the goal of distributing free copies of the Bible in local languages throughout the world. Today, the ABS is a Christian ministry based in Philadelphia with a $300 million endowment and a mission to engage 100 million Americans with the Bible by 2025. The ABS’s primary mission—to place the Bible in the hands of as many people as possible—has caused the history of the organization to intersect at nea ... More

Keywords: Bible, Christianity, Protestantism, Catholicism, Evangelicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Fea, author
Professor of American History and Chair of the Department of History, Messiah College