Trinitarian Bible Society
From Textus Receptus
The Trinitarian Bible Society was founded in 1831 "to promote the Glory of God and the salvation of men by circulating, both at home and abroad, in dependence on the Divine blessing, the Holy Scriptures, which are given by inspiration of God and are able to make men wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. "1
The Trinitarian Bible Society members separated from the British and Foreign Bible Society, itself founded in 1804, due to two controversies:
- Inclusion of the Biblical Apocrypha in some Bibles published in Europe
- Inclusion of adherents of Unitarianism as officers in the Society, and refusal of the Society to open meetings with Trinitarian style prayers.
The arguments came into the open during the Annual Meeting in May 1831 of the Society. The membership voted six to one to retain the ecumenical status quo. On December 7, 1831, over two thousand people gathered in Exeter Hall in London to form the Trinitarian Bible Society, explicitly endorsing the Trinitarian position, and rejecting the apocryphal books.
E. W. Bullinger, the noted dispensationalist, was clerical secretary of the Society from 1867 until his death in 1913. Accomplishments of TBS during his secretariat include:
- Completion of a Hebrew version of the New Testament under a TBS contract with Christian David Ginsburg after the demise of Isaac Salkinson. First edition publication was in 1885.
- Publication of Ginsburg's first edition of the Old Testament along with his Introduction to the Massoretico-Critical Edition of the Hebrew Bible in 1897.
- Formation of the Brittany Evangelical Mission Society under Pasteur LeCoat and translation of the Bible into the Breton language.
- First-ever Protestant Portuguese Reference Bible.
- Distribution of Spanish language Bibles in Spain after the Spanish Revolution of 1868.
The Society provides Bibles and Christian literature (from a historical, Reformed perspective) to the world. They also have chapters all over the world.
Their primary function is to translate and disseminate worldwide Bibles in languages other than English. The translation of Bibles into non-English languages is based on the Hebrew Masoretic Text and Greek Textus Receptus which underlie the Authorised (King James) Version of the Bible and other Reformation-era Bibles.
The Society sells copies of the King James Version of the Bible, as well as Scriptures in other languages, to the general public. These Scriptures are printed by the Society itself. They also sell (and give away) Scripture-based Christian literature such as tracts and children's items in English and other languages. (These products are available on the Web site.)
As far as accountability to donors is concerned (the Society is funded by the donations of individuals and congregations), the Society provides a good deal of transparency: An Annual Report is circulated to members and a general meeting is held annually to provide information, and their Annual Report in PDF format is provided on their Web site each year detailing finances and activities, for the general public.
The Society produces a magazine, The Quarterly Record, and sponsors meetings for interested people during which the Society's work and issues surrounding translation and text are discussed.
Anyone wishing to support the Society's goals may join at their Web site.
King James Only
Some, owing to the Trinitarian Bible Society’s support of the King James Version of the Bible, have assumed that the Society is a part of the King-James-Only Movement. However, as the Society has publicly stated,
‘The Trinitarian Bible Society does not believe the Authorised Version to be a perfect translation, only that it is the best available translation in the English language’.
Indeed, unlike those in the King James Only movement, it is the firm belief of the Society that ‘The supernatural power involved in the process of inspiration, and in the result of inspiration, was exerted only in the original production of the sixty-six Canonical books of the Bible (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Peter 3:15-16).’
‘Translations from the original languages are likewise to be considered the written Word of God in so far as these translations are accurate as to the form and content of the Original.’
‘Translations made since New Testament times must use words chosen by uninspired men to translate God’s words. For this reason no translation of the Word of God can have an absolute or definitive status. The final appeal must always be to the original languages, in the Traditional Hebrew and Greek texts’. 
Authorised (King James) Version
- Bible Word List and Bible Reading Scheme pdf
- How We Got Our English Bible (A119) pdf
- Kings and Puritans: the Hampton Court Conference pdf
- Plain Reasons for Keeping to the Authorised Version (A63) pdf
- The Road to the AV, part 1 pdf
- The Road to the AV, part 2 pdf
- The Translators to the Reader (A113) the original preface to the Authorised (King James) Version
- The Authorised Version: A Wonderful and Unfinished History pdf
- The Accuracy of the Authorised Version pdf
- Brief notes on 2 Samuel 15.7, 2 Kings 8.26 and 2 Chronicles 22.2 pdf
- The Problematic Translation of "emptied himself" as found in Philippians 2.7
- The Use of 'Easter' in Acts 12.4
- Why 1 John 5.7-8 is in the Bible (A102) pdf
- William Carey
- Miles Coverdale pdf
- Adoniram Judson, part 1 pdf
- Adoniram Judson, part 2 pdf
- Henry Martyn, part 1 pdf
- Henry Martyn, part 2 pdf
- Robert Morrison of China pdf
Biblical language texts
- A Brief History of the Hebrew Bible
- Codex Sinaiticus [a brief look at the manuscript's origin pdf
- The Divine Original (A109)
- The Lord Gave the Word: A study in the History of the Biblical Text (A111)
- The Received Text: A Brief Look at the Textus Receptus
- A Textual Key to the New Testament (A100) pdf
- The use of Italics in the Bible Why is that writing slanted? pdf
- The Validity of the Received Text
- What today's Christian needs to know about The Greek New Testament (A104)
Countries and languages
- Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship Bible College pdf
- The Catalan Bible pdf
- Robert Morrison of China (China, Part 1) pdf
- China, Part 2 pdf
- Ethiopia, Part 1 pdf
- Ethiopia, Part 2 pdf
- Finland pdf
- Iran pdf
- A Journey to Eastern Europe pdf
- Lithuania, part 1 pdf
- Lithuania, part 2 pdf
- The Netherlands: Statenvertaling pdf
- Nigeria pdf
- Refugee Camps in Ireland
- Tamil Nadu, Part 1 pdf
- Tamil Nadu, Part 2 pdf
- Turkey (from QR561)
- Turkey: a land of Christian turmoil (from QR580) pdf
- Zambians in prison
- Zimbabwe pdf
- Christ's Substitutionary Sacrifice pdf
- God's Wrath-ending Sacrifice pdf
- The Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures A116 pdf
- Doctrinal Views of Dr Kurt Aland pdf
- The Love of the Truth pdf
- The New King James Version: An Examination of the NKJV, part 1 pdf
- The New King James Version: An Examination of the NKJV, part 2 pdf
- David Norton's The New Cambridge Paragraph Bible pdf
- NKJV Song of Solomon pdf
- Scofield Study Bible pdf
- The English Standard Version pdf
- The New International Version Inclusive Language Edition: a review html
- The New International Version: What today's Christian needs to know about the NIV html
- The NKJV A Critique pdf
- The NKJV What todays Christian needs to know pdf
- Today's NIV html
- Which Version Does it Really Matter pdf
- E.W. Bullinger: A Biography, Juanita S. Carey (1988) ISBN 0-8254-2372-4