Institute for Biblical Research
The Institute for Biblical Research established in 1973 is an academic scholarly organisation with the goals of "fostering the study of Scripture within an evangelical context, establishing facilities for the furtherance of biblical studies, and encouraging university and college students toward a vocation of biblical scholarship."
The IBR was established under the leadership of E. Earle Ellis, the organisation's founding chair from 1973 - 1981. The original intention was the establishment of a North American based residential reference library similar to that of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, Tyndale House Library, Cambridge, England. From 1970 to its establishment, a number of scholars calling themselves the Tyndale Committee discussed the viability of creating a residential library concluding that it would require an associated society which came with the establishment of the IBR in 1973.
By 2006, the IBR had 521 members composed of 412 Fellows, 41 Associates, 32 Friends and 36 Retired members.
In 1989 the IBR launched the Bulletin for Biblical Research (BBR) under the editorship of Bruce Chilton, published by Eisenbrauns. The first journal was published in 1991. Craig A. Evans took over as editor in 1994 and BBR was established as a bi-annual journal. Since 2005 Richard S. Hess has served as editor.
The BBR Supplement Series was established in 2007 and published monographs. Since 1992, Baker Book House published a series of IBR sponsored bibliographies on topics such as the Historical Jesus, Old Testament Introduction, New Testament Introduction, the Pentateuch and Pauline Letters.