FAQs

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Who we are & what we do

  • What is the Trinitarian Bible Society?
    Established in 1831, the Trinitarian Bible Society is a Protestant organisation seeking to provide accurate and faithful Scriptures for people around the world. We have several ongoing translation projects, and distribute the Scriptures through our sales department and grants programme. For more information, please read Our History and Aims, as well as our Constitution and Principles, and Statement of Doctrine of Holy Scripture.

  • What are the distinctive features and beliefs of the Society?
    Our published distinctive features and beliefs will be found in our Constitution and Principles, and our Statement of Doctrine of Holy Scripture.

  • What does ‘Trinitarian’ mean?
    By using the term ‘Trinitarian’ in our name, we show that we uphold the historic Christian doctrine of the Trinity. That is, we believe there are three persons in the eternal Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and that these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. For further information, please see the appendix to our Constitution and our article on The Holy Trinity.

  • What is meant by ‘Protestant’?
    A brief definition would be that religion – regardless of denomination – that is founded upon the teaching of Christ and His apostles as found in the Holy Scriptures without addition, subtraction or adulteration. A fuller definition can be found in Quarterly Record no. 590, January to March 2010, pages 3-7.

  • What does the word ‘uncorrupted’ in your motto mean?
    We publish only ‘Protestant or uncorrupted versions of the Word of God’. This means that we do not publish Scriptures which:
    • include the Apocrypha
    • have been adulterated by Roman Catholic dogma or other unscriptural theological beliefs
    • include interpretations which would lead the reader to an incorrect understanding of the Bible
    • contain interpretative notes or comments
    • are translated from corrupt or problematic Biblical language texts
    • are produced using dynamic equivalence or paraphrase methods of translation.

  • Are your Bibles only for Trinitarian or Protestant believers?
    The Society distributes its Bibles for everyone, whatever their religion, creed or denomination, and it is our desire that all peoples throughout the world have access to the Word of God.

  • What makes the Society different from other Bible societies?
    The following are the primary differences between us and most other Bible Societies.
    1. The Society is an independent organisation, unaffiliated to any one church or denomination. It upholds the distinctive doctrines of historic, Protestant Christianity, and seeks the glory of God and the salvation of men through the distribution of the divinely inspired Word of God among all nations.
    2. Our translations are from the divinely inspired Hebrew and Greek texts, which the church has historically identified as being best preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Textus Receptus. These families of texts are those that have been used for the translation of the Holy Scriptures over many centuries, as opposed to the modern, critical and eclectic editions, which are based on a few erroneous and corrupted Greek manuscripts.
    3. Our Scriptures are produced using formal equivalence principles of translation rather than dynamic (or functional) equivalence or paraphrase.
    4. We only work with translators who are in agreement with our Aims, Constitution, Principles, and Statement of Doctrine of Holy Scripture.


  • What are the main areas of your work?
    We provide faithful, accurate editions of the Word of God in many languages through our translation work, grants programme, and sales activity so that more people worldwide can read the Scriptures and receive them free of charge when they cannot afford them. For more information please visit the Our Work page of our website.

  • How are you supported financially?
    Financial support for our work comes in various ways: membership subscriptions, donations, legacies, and sales.


Where we are & how to contact us

  • Where are you located?
    Our Headquarters are in Wimbledon, London, England, and contact details and a map showing our location are available on the Contact TBS page. We also have Branches in Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. Contact details for all our offices can be found on the Our Offices page.

  • How can I contact you?
    The easiest way of contacting us is through our Contact Form where you will also find other contact information including the postal address and telephone number for the Headquarters in London. Details for our Branches can be found on the Our Offices page of the website.

  • Why don't you provide an e-mail address on your website?
    When e-mail addresses are displayed on a website they become an easy target for abuse on a large scale so we provide a Contact Form instead. We will be very happy to provide you with an e-mail address for the Society if you request one. They are also made available in our Quarterly Record.


Society Membership

  • What is the purpose of Society Membership?
    Membership allows supporters to identify more closely with us by affirming their agreement with our Aims and our Basis. By doing so, they support, in a tangible way, the work of providing accurate and faithful translations of the Scriptures to people worldwide. Members are also able to participate in the business of the Society at our Annual General Meetings.

  • How do I become a member of the Society?
    Please see the Society Membership page for details.


Donations

  • How will my donation be used by the Society?
    Your donations help us to finance translation work and our grants programme so that more people worldwide can read the Scriptures in their own languages and receive them free of charge when they cannot afford them.

  • Are you a charity?
    We are a registered charity in England (charity number 233082) and in Scotland (charity number SC038379).

  • How can I give a donation?
    The easiest way to donate is through our Donation Form or by making a donation whilst placing an order. We can also receive cheques through the post or you may set up a standing order with your bank.

  • Can I give anonymously?
    If you make payment direct into our bank account(s) by BACS or electronic transfer, or by post, or on our website and your donation is clearly marked anonymous we will ensure it is not disclosed to others. Alternatively for greater anonymity you may make donations (and Gift Aid them) through the Charities Aid Foundation in the UK. You will need to request that it be sent to us anonymously and they will deduct an amount for processing an individual donation by card. We will obviously not be given your contact details and will not be able to send a personal acknowledgement of these gifts.

  • Which donation method is most cost effective for the Society?
    The most cost effective method of all for the Society is direct into our bank account by BACS payment, electronic transfer or, for regular payments, standing order; provided clear annotation is included as to the source and purpose of the payment. You will need to contact your bank directly to pay by these methods. Our bank details are available on our Donation Form. For online donations under £13 it is most cost effective for the Society if you donate by credit card. For online donations over £13 it is most cost effective for the Society if you donate by debit card. The difference is due to the different ways we are charged by our payment gateway provider for credit and debit card transactions.


Quarterly Record Magazine and Sales Catalogue

  • What is the Quarterly Record?
    The Quarterly Record is the Society's quarterly magazine. In it we publish information about the Society, devotional articles, articles about various countries and translators, information about translation and textual matters and recent Bible publications, the sermon preached at our Annual General Meeting, and letters from grantees. The Quarterly Record magazine is available free of charge to anyone who would like to receive a copy. Request a Copy

  • How can I receive the Quarterly Record?
    The Quarterly Record is sent to all members of the Society and to everyone who requests it. It is also available online (in many countries well before it arrives in print form) by visiting the Quarterly Record page of our website.

  • How do I request a sales catalogue?
    A sales catalogue can be requested from any of our Offices or by completing the request form. In addition, most of the information found in our catalogue and much more is available online on our Sales pages.


Bibles & New Testaments

  • Where can I find an explanation of the technical terms you use on your sales pages?
    Please see our Glossary page for an explanation of technical terms.

  • Do you have any tips on searching for a Bible on your sales pages?
    We endeavour to make shopping for a Bible as easy as possible. On our Sales pages you will find a Bible finder, which presents various options including colour, size and price range. Other pages present a graphic showing the various sizes of English Bibles available, and there is always the search option at the top right of every page.

  • Do you publish English Bibles in other versions?
    We publish only the Authorised (King James) Version in English. We do not hold this to be perfect, but we believe it is the best, most accurate Bible available in the English language, all others having varying deficiencies. We have a number of online articles which address these important matters; articles are also available for purchase on our Sales pages.

  • Why is your English Bible called the ‘Authorised Version’?
    The Bible translated under the rule of King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) was produced ‘by His Majesty's special command’ and ‘appointed to be read in Churches’, and within a few decades of its first publication in 1611 was the only Bible allowed to be printed in England. Thus, it was ‘authorised’ by the monarchy.

  • Why is your English Bible also known as the ‘King James Version’?
    James I of England (James VI of Scotland) was ruling monarch in the early 17th century and gave permission for the translation of a new Bible version to be used in the British Isles. This came to be known by some as the King James Version of the Bible.

  • Do you publish Scriptures in the original Bible languages?
    We publish the scriptures in the original Bible languages, including: a Hebrew and Greek Bible containing the Hebrew and Greek Texts underlying the Authorised (King James) Version and a Greek New Testament containing the Greek Text underlying the Authorised (King James) Version. These can be found on our Sales pages under Biblical Languages.

  • Do you publish Scriptures in languages besides English?
    We have Scriptures in some forty languages. These Scriptures range from full Bibles to small portions and calendars. Here is a list of the languages in which we publish various proportions of the Scriptures (with an indication, in brackets, of where that language is primarily spoken):
    1. The whole Bible: Arabic, Catalan (Spain), Dutch, German, Greek (Katharevousa), Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Ukrainian and Welsh
    2. New Testaments: Arabic, Armenian (Eastern), Catalan (Spain), Hebrew, Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Nepali, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil) and Russian
    3. Gospels: Arabic, Armenian (Eastern), Farsi (Iran), Greek (Katharevousa), Hebrew, Lithuanian, Maori (New Zealand), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Tamil (S. India, Sri Lanka), Turkish
    4. Portions (including Calendars): Afrikaans (South Africa), Albanian, Amharic (Ethiopia), Arabic, Armenian (Eastern), Catalan (Spain), Dutch, Ekegusii (Kenya), Farsi (Iran), French, German, Greek (Katharevousa), Hebrew, Hindi (Central India), Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Malayalam (India), Maltese, Maori (New Zealand), Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Nepali, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil (S. India, Sri Lanka), Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu (Pakistan, India), Welsh, and Xhosa (South Africa).

    These can be found on our Sales pages under Other Languages.

  • What Bible would you recommend for people in other parts of the world?
    Firstly it is important to determine what language(s) the people can read. Often peoples' mother tongue may be different from the language they are taught in or that they use every day in their work. Once you have established the language then you can look for suitable Scriptures. Please see the previous question for a list of the languages in which we publish the Scriptures.

  • Do you publish Bibles with the words of Christ printed in red?
    Many Bible publishers today distribute red-letter Bibles, with the words of our Saviour printed in red (or some other colour) while the rest of the text is in black. The Society holds to the position that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is all equally important, and that by the use of different colour text, the impression is given that some parts of Scripture are more important than others. Furthermore, it is very interpretative. In some passages we are unsure how much was spoken by Jesus. For example, in John 3 Jesus is conversing with Nicodemus. We know that Jesus is speaking in verses 10 to 13, but do His words continue to verse 15, or to verse 17, or to verse 21? In addition, should the words of the pre-incarnate Christ be included, or His words in Revelation? For these reasons we distribute only black-letter Bibles.

  • Which formats of your many English Bibles would you recommend for children?
    We can offer the following recommendations in English for children:
    1. The small 31I Royal Ruby Bible has a pictorial hardback cover along with sixteen photographs from the Holy Land and twelve pages of line drawings.
    2. The medium sized 25A Windsor Text hardback Bible does not have any pictures but the layout is attractive and the text a practical size for the young.
    3. The small 31A Royal Ruby Bible is the same size and layout as the 31I except with a plain hardback cover and no colour photographs.
    4. We also have a number of Scripture items designed for children. Please see our Children's Scripture Items on our Sales pages.


  • Do you publish the Scriptures in large print?
    We have a variety of large print English Scriptures, from Bibles and New Testaments to booklets. Please click here to see a list of these.

  • Do you publish reference or study Bibles?
    We have reference Bibles in a variety of sizes and bindings in the English language and some Bibles in other languages also have references. You may use the Bible Finder on our Sales pages to locate these. However, chain reference and study Bibles are often very interpretative and go against our policy of providing Bibles ‘without note or comment’. (For additional information, please see our Constitution or request a copy of Quarterly Record no. 519 which contains an article on study Bibles.)

  • Do you publish Bibles with a concordance?
    Our English Westminster Reference Bible has a fairly sizeable concordance and is available in a variety of cover options. You may view these Bibles here.

  • Do you publish Bibles for special occasions such as christenings, baptisms or confirmations?
    Many of our Bibles are suitable for special occasions. However, we have two English Bible editions with white bindings that are particularly suited to weddings, baptisms, etc. Many also have presentation pages. You may view these Bibles on our Sales pages.

  • Do you publish one year or devotional Bibles?
    We do not sell or supply one year or devotional Bibles. However, we do sell a Daily Reading Plan, whereby one can read through the whole Bible once in two years, the Psalms and New Testament twice. This plan is also included in many of our English Bibles. We also publish ‘Daily Light’, which, while not a Bible, provides morning and evening Scripture readings, with a separate section of special themed readings.

  • Do you publish paragraphed Bibles?
    We do not publish a paragraphed Bible in English. However, we currently have available several editions of the New Testament and Gospels with paragraphed text. These include our 55A in vinyl-covered paperback, the 65A in vinyl-covered board in three colours, and the soft stitched two-tone imitation leather 65E.

  • Do you publish interlinear Bibles?
    We do not publish interlinear Bibles (one language arranged beneath another on alternate lines). However, we currently supply a diglot Bible (two languages in parallel columns) in English and Russian (RUSEB). We also publish a diglot New Testament in English and Portuguese (PORENT), and a diglot Gospel of John in English and Maori (MAEJN).

  • Do you publish parallel or diglot Bibles?
    We currently supply a diglot Bible (two languages in parallel columns) in English and Russian (RUSEB). We also publish a diglot New Testament in English and Portuguese (PORENT), and a diglot Gospel of John in English and Maori (MAEJN).

  • Do you supply audio Scriptures?
  • Do you sell or supply removable Bible covers?
    We do not have removable Bible covers available. However, we sell some Bible editions with either zip fastener or button snap fastener.

  • Can I have additional lettering applied to the cover of my Bible?
    Most of our covers use materials that are suitable for receiving foil lettering and for multiple items we may be able to provide an additional lettering service. For individual items we recommend that you approach a traditional bookbinder, local to you, with whom you will be able to discuss your preferences. For further information contact our Sales Department.

  • What is the best way to take care of my Bible?
    We offer the following as suggestions for keeping your Bible in good condition. Some are more important for our large and expensive volumes and may not always be found practical for a smaller Bible used for frequent study.

    1. Handle the Bible with care.
    2. Handle with clean hands.
    3. When opening a Bible it is best to lay it down closed on its spine and then open it by lowering the two halves down – this is especially beneficial with large volumes.
    4. Do not try to force the Bible to stay open flat.
    5. Avoid unnecessary handling of the pages – e.g. thumbing them out of habit or leaning on them.
    6. Closing the Bible after use avoids placing strain on the spine and means the cover can provide more protection.
    7. Do not force it into a tight space between other books on a shelf.
    8. When possible store your Bible lying flat since keeping it upright on a shelf puts additional stress on the top of the spine - this is especially important for limp bindings like leather.
    9. Keep away from extremes of temperature and humidity – dry, cool conditions are best. Keep away from damp conditions, rain and sun.
    10. Avoid dropping the Bible - this puts a lot of stress on the spine and can break it. As the Bible ages this becomes even more important.
    11. Avoid sticking too many slips of paper into the Bible, as this can loosen the spine.
    12. If you carry it in a bag or pocket keep it away from sharp objects like keys and where it may get bent or crushed.
    13. If your Bible came in a slipcase it can help protect a Bible that would otherwise be exposed to some of the hazards mentioned above. However if the case is a tight fit it could mean extra wear on the spine and surface of the cover.
    14. We neither discourage nor encourage the use of leather treatments for our leather Bibles and opinion is divided as to their effectiveness.

    However, above all, we publish our Bibles with much prayer that they may be read and made a blessing to people's souls therefore please do not let these suggestions hinder frequent, prayerful and diligent study of the Scriptures.

  • Can you order Bibles from other suppliers for me?
    We do not offer this service. We recommend that you approach other suppliers directly or order through a bookshop.


Other Publications

  • Do you supply Scripture tracts for evangelism?
    We have a variety of tracts and leaflets suitable for evangelism. Please click here to see these.

  • Can you print our church name on your tracts?
    We do not offer this service, but we provide a blank space on the back of many of our tracts suitable for a stamp or self-adhesive label.

  • Can you print our church name on your calendars?
    Yes, we offer an overprint service on our Words of Life Calendars for quantities of 500 or more. Orders must be placed by April of the preceding year. Please contact our Sales Department for more information.

  • What are the Metrical Psalms?
    The Metrical Psalms are an edition of the Psalms formatted and designed for singing. The edition we publish is the Psalms of David in Metre as approved by the Church of Scotland in 1650.

  • Do you sell the music for the Metrical Psalms?
    We do not sell the music for the Metrical Psalms, as this falls outside of our Constitutional remit. However, most of these Psalms are in familiar metres and can be sung to many tunes.


Ordering & Delivery

  • What are your terms and conditions of sale?
    Our terms and conditions are listed here.

  • Do you have a privacy policy?
    Our privacy policy is given here.

  • Is your website safe and secure?
    Yes, care has been taken to make the site as safe as possible. Whenever we collect personal information from you, the data is encrypted for security and for online shopping we use the third party secure payment gateway WorldPay.

  • What payment methods do you accept?
    We accept all the usual online payment methods, including Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, JCB and PayPal.

  • Which payment method is most cost effective for the Society?
    For online payments under £13 it is most cost effective for the Society if you pay by credit card. For online payments over £13 it is most cost effective for the Society if you pay by debit card. The difference is due to the different ways we are charged by our payment gateway provider for credit card and debit card transactions.

  • How long will my order take to arrive?
    Where the standard delivery service is chosen, delivery will be within the following timescale unless we advise you otherwise in writing by post, fax or e-mail. UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe: 30 days; all other destinations: 90 days. However, delivery is often much sooner for locations close to our national Branches.
    When estimated or guaranteed delivery times are available these are given in the basket against the delivery options. However please see the disclaimer in our Terms and Conditions.
    Please also bear in mind that order processing and dispatch preparation, which normally take one working day, are not included in delivery time. Orders are processed and prepared for dispatch during normal office hours, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. The office is closed on Bank Holidays, Public Holidays and for an extended period from 25th December to 1st January inclusive.

  • Do you charge for delivery?
    Please see our Delivery Information page for more details. Charges are variable and will depend on weight, destination and delivery option chosen. The delivery charge for a given group of items will be shown in your basket before you go through the checkout, if Delivery Destination and Delivery Option have been chosen.

  • How will I know you have received my order?
    You will receive an e-mail confirming your order. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation please contact us. Contact TBS.

  • How can I check on the status of my order?
    If you have an account you can login to your account on the website to see whether your order is pending or is picked and ready for dispatch. Orders will normally be dispatched within one working day of the date of picking. You can also view your previous orders. If you ordered as a guest please contact us if you require an update on the status of your order.

  • What if TBS find a problem with my order?
    We will contact you if we find a problem with your order.

  • How soon do you respond to e-mails?
    We endeavour to respond to website related e-mails within one to two working days. Staff are available to deal with enquiries during our office opening times. Contact TBS.

  • Can I cancel an order?
    An order can be cancelled up to the time the goods have been picked. You can do this while viewing the order on your account page under ‘Previous Orders’, where you can click cancel and confirm your choice. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of this.

  • Do you offer any guarantee on your Bibles?
    We do not offer a guarantee but please see our favourable returns policy as set out in our Terms & Conditions. Your statutory rights are not affected.

  • What is your returns policy?
    Please see our returns policy in our Terms & Conditions.

  • Where else can I buy your Bibles?
    As well as ordering on this website you can buy directly from us by telephone, post, or fax. You may also purchase our Bibles through various online booksellers and through some Christian bookshops. Please quote the ISBN numbers displayed on our sales pages when ordering from other suppliers.


This website

  • Is your website safe and secure?
    Yes, care has been taken to make the site as safe as possible. Whenever we collect personal information from you, the data is encrypted for security and for online shopping we use the third party secure payment gateway WorldPay.

  • Do you have a privacy policy?
    Our privacy policy is given here.

  • Do you provide information to third parties?
    We pass information to third parties only when necessary to fulfil your order and our legal obligations. Please see our Privacy Policy for more details.

  • Do you use cookies?
    As with most e-commerce websites, we use cookies (small pieces of text stored on a user's computer by a web browser) in order to manage your shopping basket and other aspects of the site. You can disable cookies in your browser settings but some of the site's features may not then function correctly.

  • How best can I navigate your website?
    Our site can be navigated in numerous ways. The homepage provides glimpses of various aspects of our work and witness, which can be followed by clicking on ‘more details’. The menu on the left gives access to the major categories on the site, which will open to display further information. When you want to return, the ‘bread crumb trail’ near the top of the web page will let you go back to any point in your navigation.

  • Why do you have online accounts? Is this the same as membership of the Society?
    Online accounts and Society membership are not the same. Information on membership can be found here. An online account enables you to shop more quickly and easily, and allows access to your account page where you can view previous orders and edit your personal details held by the Society.

  • What if I can't remember my username or password?
    Your username is the e-mail address your account is registered to; if you cannot remember this please contact us. If you forget your password you may retrieve it by clicking ‘Forgotten Password’ on the login page. Your password will then be sent to your e-mail address.

  • Can I include a link to your website on my site?
    Yes you may.

  • Can I post TBS material on my website?
    No, we do not allow this. However, you may provide a link to the publication on our site.

  • Can you put a link on your website to my website?
    It is against our policy to link to other websites.


Copyright

  • What copyright restrictions are there on your Bibles?
    We do not hold copyright to the text of our English Bibles, as this is held by the Queen's Printers, Cambridge University Press, under the Royal Letters Patent. Thus, anyone wishing to make extensive quotations or to reprint these Scriptures would need to contact Cambridge University Press for permission. We hold copyright on the image (design) of our own ranges of English Bibles as well as on the text and design of most of our Scriptures in other languages. This is done to safeguard them and to ensure that money that comes from their publication goes back into the work of translating and printing the Scriptures. For particular queries about copyright, please contact us.

  • May I quote from the Authorised (King James) Version without restriction?
    As with all published material, there are restrictions on quoting from the Authorised Version. Please contact Cambridge University Press, the holders of the Royal Letters Patent (the ‘copyright’ on the Authorised Version) for additional information.

  • May I photocopy your material, such as colouring books, for use in a class I am teaching?
    All our materials are protected by copyright which prohibits the photocopying of materials without permission. Money which comes into the Society from the sale of these materials goes back into our work. Photocopying them reduces these much-needed revenues. We purposely seek to keep prices down, and if numerous copies are needed and your resources are limited then please contact us and we can discuss your needs.

  • May I use extracts from your material in a book I am writing or for my church bulletin?
    You are welcome to quote extracts from our publications, so long as the quoted material does not exceed twenty-five percent of our publication or of your book and as long as proper attribution (giving of source) is provided. For longer quotations or permission to reprint fuller articles from our Quarterly Record, please contact our Editorial Department.

  • Can I post TBS material on my website?
    No, we do not allow this. However, you may provide a link to the publication on our site.

  • May I use the pictures and graphics found on your website for my own use or on my website?
    Many of the photographs on this site are used with permission and are protected by copyright. You may not copy or distribute these pictures, even for personal use. Text samples of our publications are for personal use only and may not be distributed. Pictures of our publications are copyright material but may be used provided permission is sought (Contact TBS) and proper acknowledgement is given by a link to this website.


Other frequently asked questions

  • Do you have speakers who can present your work?
    We can provide speakers in the UK and in communities close to our national Branches, provided sufficient notice is given. For more information please see our speaker request form.

  • I am writing a book. Would TBS consider publishing it?
    No, we do not read, edit or publish unsolicited manuscripts.

  • I have some old, unwanted Bibles. What can I do with them?
    Here at the USA branch we do collect old and unwanted Bibles (of versions which are published by the Society), and are able to pass these on to others who need them. Please contact us and we can provide you with details of this program.

Trinitarian Bible Society (U.S.A.), 927 Alpine Commerce Park, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, U.S.A. · Tel.: (616) 735-3695

U.S.A. Tax Exemption Number: 237365237

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