The Arab Israeli Bible Society is a non profit, inter-confessional Christian organization. That aims to achieve the widest possible, effective and meaningful distribution of the Holy Scriptures; and helping people to interact with the word of God in a language they understand, in a format they prefer, and at a price they can afford. Further we affirm that the Holy Scriptures belong to all Christian churches, recognizing that doctrinal interpretation of the Scriptures belongs to them.
The Arab Israeli Bible Society has a mission to fulfill the great commission (Matt. 28: 18-20) of God and participate in sharing the life changing Word of God with every one, child women and men. The Bible society exists to make the Scriptures available and accessible to all, at an affordable price, in a language people can understand, and in a way that can help each one to apply and implement the message of God effectively to their lives. We carry out our tasks in partnership and co-operation with all Christian churches and organizations.
The Bible society was founded in Britain in 1804. Around 1816 the work of the Bible society in the Holy land begins through distributing Bibles. In 1820 Rev. James Conner, the Bible society agent in Constantinople, visited both Jerusalem and Damascus where he distributed Scriptures with the blessings of the Armenian and Greek Orthodox Patriarchs.
Even though the Bible work began in the Holy Land in 1816, Galilee was served through a small office with little resources. The office was under the umbrella of the Bible society in Israel. Recognizing this opportunity, in 2008 the UBS restructured the work in the Holy Land to create three major independent UBS offices for serving the community of Israel/Palestine. Each office will serve its community: the Palestinian community, the Jewish community and the Arab Israeli community. In that year the Arab Israeli Bible society was established. This society is committed to make the Word of God available to Arab Israelis who live inside Israel.
We achieve our purposes through five folds ministry: production, translation, distribution, engagement and fundraising. We work closely with churches and Christian organization and individuals. We achieve our task by partnering with translation specialist, printers, churches, individual members, and colleagues across the seas.
Even though the Bible work began in the Holy Land in 1816, Galilee was served through a small office with little resources. The office was under the umbrella of the Bible society in Israel. Arab Israelis i.e. Palestinians with Israeli citizenship are the lost group between Jewish and Arab Palestinians who are located in the west Bank and Gaza strip. The situation of Arab Israelis is unique. Their potential and freedom to serve exceeds any other Arab country and even the Jewish areas. Galilee can be an important platform for developing Arab ministries which are not possible in surrounding countries. Insightfully, in 2008 the UBS restructured the work in the Holy Land to create three major independent UBS offices for serving the community of Israel/Palestine. Each office will serve its community: the Palestinian community, the Jewish community and the Arab Israeli community. In that year the Arab Israeli Bible society was established. This society is committed to make the Word of God available to Arab Israelis who live inside Israel.
An exciting development for the Arab Israeli Bible Society is the celebration of its inauguration held on July 3rd 2009 in Nazareth the place in which the angel announced the gospel to the blessed Mary. Mrs. Dina Katanacho is the first director of the pertinent Bible Society and the founder of the new centre in Nazareth. This centre wants to make the Bible available, accessible and engage-able in the Galilee area. This small office hosts a big vision that insists on blessing Palestinian Arab Israelis.
On July 3rd at 5PM Bishop Elias Chachour, Bishop Botrus Mualem, Peter Wigglesworth – the Area Secretary of the Bible Society in Europe and the Middle East - and several other priests, pastors, and leaders who come from Catholic, Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Evangelical backgrounds met to celebrate the inauguration of the Bible Society for Arabs in Israel.
Mrs. Dina Katanacho, the director of the Bible Society, pointed out on her presentation the great blessing of having the gospel available in Nazareth and surrounding areas.
Bishop Muallem reminded the audience of Paul’s words who said: “Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1Cor 9: 16). He highlighted the importance of seeing more women serving God in our country. Pastor Bilal Habibi from the Anglican Church dedicated the centre with a powerful prayer. We also cannot forget, Yamen Saadi, the gifted twelve years old boy who magnetized the audience with his violin's music.