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Biblica, formerly International Bible Society, was founded in 1809 and is the worldwide copyright holder of the New International Version of the Bible (NIV), licensing commercial rights to Zondervan in the United States and to Hodder & Stoughton in the United Kingdom. Biblica is also a member of the Forum of Bible Agencies International and Every Tribe Every Nation.

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Founded1809; 210 years ago (1809)
FoundersHenry Rutgers, William Colgate and Thomas Eddy
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationColorado Springs, Colorado


Biblica headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Biblica was founded December 4, 1809, in New York City as the New York Bible Society by a small group including Henry Rutgers, William Colgate, Theodorus Van Wyke and Thomas Eddy.[1][2]

Biblica experienced its first merger in 1819 when it merged with the New York Auxiliary Bible Society. Since then it has undergone the following changes:

  • NYBS formed Young Men's NYBS (YMNYBS) in 1823.
  • NYBS broke up into Ward Associations in 1827.
  • Ward Associations reformed into New York City Bible Society (NYCBS) in 1828.
  • NYCBS merged back into the Young Men's NYBS in 1832.
  • Marine Bible Society merged with YMNYBS in 1840. All became known as NYBS.
  • Name changed to New York Bible Society International in 1971.
  • Name changed to New York International Bible Society in 1974.
  • Renamed International Bible Society (IBS) in 1988.
  • Living Bibles International merger occurred in 1992.
  • International Bible Society and Send the Light (STL) merged on March 1, 2007, forming a new organization called IBS-STL.[3][4]
  • Name changed to Biblica in 2009.[5][6]

The organization moved to Colorado Springs from New York in 1988 and moved into its current facility in 1989.[7]


Biblica's international ministry began in 1810 with its sponsorship of William Carey’s Bible translation work in India.[8] The worldwide work expanded in 1992 following the merger with Living Bibles International, through which Biblica developed its global translation ministry. The reach of Biblica around the world again expanded through its merger with Send the Light (STL) in 2007.[3][4]

Biblica is perhaps best known for its New International Version (NIV) version of the Bible, the best-selling[9] contemporary English translation.

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  1. ^ "Our History: Biblica". The International Bible Society. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  2. ^ Kurian, George (2016). Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, Volume 5. United States: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 613–614. ISBN 978-1442244313.
  3. ^ a b "International Bible Society, Send the Light Merge". Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  4. ^ a b "IBS, STL announce merger plans". Christian Retailing. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  5. ^ "IBS-STL Changes Name to Biblica". Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  6. ^ "International Bible Society and Send the Light (IBS-STL) become Biblica - Mission Network News". Mission Network News. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  7. ^ Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious Landscape. Oxford University Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-979152-1.
  8. ^ Fant, Reverend David J. (1948). The Bible in New York, from 1809-1947.
  9. ^ "29 Good Bible Sales Statistics -". 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-10-13.

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