Bible Society of India
|Predecessor||The British and Foreign Bible Society in India and Ceylon|
|Formation||1 November 1944|
|Founder||The British and Foreign Bible Society|
|Services||Contribution, Translation, Printing, Distribution|
|The Rev. M. Mani Chacko, CSI, Ph.D. (London)|
|The Rev. P. N. S. Chandra Bose, GMI, B.D. (Serampore)|
1st Vice President
|The Right Rev. P. C. Singh, CNI, B.D. (Serampore)|
2nd Vice President
|Smt. Starla Luke|
3rd Vice President
|The Rev. Vanlalbela, PCI, B.D. (Serampore)|
|Media: The Rev. G. D. V. Prasad, M. Th. (Serampore)
Translations: The Rev. D. Jonadob Nathaniel, Th.D. (SEAGST)
Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation: Ms. E. Leelavathi Manasseh
Marketing: Mr. P. I. Varghese
Production: Mr. Ashith
Finance: Mr. Joel Abraham
|India Bible Society Trust Association (IBSTA)|
|United Bible Societies|
|Affiliations||National Council of Churches in India|
|Slogan||Applying God's word in the world|
|The Bible Society of India and Ceylon|
The motto of the Society is to translate the word of God in languages, which people can understand, and produce the scriptures (normally in book form) at a price people could afford to buy. The Bible Society works together with many organizations in India to translate the Bible into various languages of India. The Bible is now available in 65 Indian languages, the New Testament in 70 additional languages, and Scripture portions in 48 languages.
On 21 February 1811, a meeting was held "at the college of Fort William for the propriety of instituting a Bible Society, as Auxiliary to the British and Foreign Bible Society established in London", entitled as "The Calcutta Auxiliary Bible Society" with the same objectives as those in London." This Auxiliary Bible Society in Serampore, West Bengal first began attempt to coordinate supply Scriptures to existing Christians in Portuguese, Tamil, 'Cingalese,' Malayalam, and 'Canarese' languages. They gave 5,000 Cingalese New Testaments to a new Auxiliary Bible Society in Ceylon formed in August 1812.
The headquarters of Bible Society of India moved from Nagpur to Bangalore in 1950, under the leadership of General Secretary Premanand Mahanty. The Central Office of the Bible Society of India is located in Bangalore city in the state of Karnataka in South India.
|Succession of Translation Directors|
Sources for translating and revising
The Society depends on original sources material of the scriptures available in Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic and Biblical Greek languages for which the sources include the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and the Novum Testamentum Graece.
Pool of Scholars trained in Biblical languages
Since the beginning, the Society worked together with the National Council of Churches in India and the Senate of Serampore College (University) and the first Translations Director, C. Arangaden helped found the Society for Biblical Studies in India (SBSI) which had been fully-ecumenical consisting of Biblical Scholars from the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Charismatic Church Societies.
Father Rene Van de Walle a member of the Society for Biblical Studies in India was associated with the revision of the Marathi Bible. Similarly, Father Lucien Legrand was associated with the inter-confessional translation in Tamil language. With this background, the Society systematically built up a pool of Biblical Scholars who specialised in Old Testament with Biblical Aramaic and Biblical Hebrew and also New Testament with Biblical Greek. The Scholars include Yisu Das Tiwari, B. E. Devaraj, C. Arangaden, Victor Premasagar, E. C. John, K. V. Mathew, M. P. John, John Philipose, Gnana Robinson, G. Babu Rao, Timotheas Hembrom, N. K. Achumi, Basil Rebera, S. John Theodore and others.
The Society translates and revises the scriptures from the original Biblical languages without prejudice to Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic or Charismatic. As such, the translations of the Society are held in regard by the Christians. Though the Catholics did not have scriptures in a language of their own, it was the outcome of the Second Vatican Council which paved way for the vernacular translations.
Old Testament and New Testament Scholars of the Catholic Churches worked together with the Society to either translate or revise vernacular translations and were also instrumental in inter-confessional translations. The Rev. Father D. S. Amalorpavadass was a strong proponent for the inter-confessional translations making the Bible Society to come out with one such version in Tamil language. In other languages of India too, the Catholic Fathers were very much in favour of an inter-confessional translation.
In the recent times, the Society works together with the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India led by Fr. Govindu Rayanna, a New Testament Scholar and a member of the Society for Biblical Studies in India.
The Translation Directors
The Directors who led the translation at the Society were notable in the Senate of Serampore College (University) having taught at either the constituent College of the University or its affiliated institutions. It was during the period of C. Arangaden that the translations department was built up together with the General Secretary, the rural Pastor, A. E. Inbanathan had much understanding of the Church and Christianity in India and worked together with the Senate of Serampore College (University). It was during their tenure that thoroughbred Scholars were appointed throughout India leading to quality translations.
|Name of the Auxiliary||Location||State||Secretary|
|I.||1983||Aizawl Auxiliary||Aizawl||Meghalaya||Elder C. Thangnghilhlova, M. A., (NEHU),|
|II.||1845||Allahabad Auxiliary||Allahabad||Uttar Pradesh||The Rev. J. Sundara Raj, ECI, M. Th. (Serampore)|
|III.||1951||Andhra Pradesh Auxiliary||Guntur||Andhra Pradesh||The Rev. B. S. Raja Sekhar, CSI, M. Th. (Serampore)|
|IV.||1813||Bombay Auxiliary||Mumbai||Maharashtra||The Rev. A. Vishwas Sasane, MCI, B. D. (Serampore)|
|V.||1811||Calcutta Auxiliary||Kolkata||West Bengal||Sri Sajal Kumar Sarkar|
|VI.||1986||Dimapur Auxiliary||Dimapur||Nagaland||The Rev. Z. K. Rochill|
|VII.||1969||Gujarat Auxiliary||Ahmedabad||Gujarat||The Rev. David H. Desai, CNI, B. D. (Serampore)|
|VIII.||1986||Jabalpur Auxiliary||Jabalpur||Madhya Pradesh||The Rev. Joel Patrick, CNI, M. Th. (Serampore)|
|IX.||1945||Karnataka Auxiliary||Bangalore||Karnataka||Mr. Vasant W. Renick|
|X.||1956||Kerala Auxiliary||Kottayam||Kerala||The Rev. Mathew Skariah, CSI, M. Th. (Serampore)|
|XI.||1953||North West India Auxiliary||New Delhi||New Delhi||The Rev. Shirley Lall, CNI, M. Th. (Serampore)|
|XII.||1983||Odisha Auxiliary||Cuttack||Odisha||The Rev. Ashish Kumar Patro, CNI, B. D. (Serampore)|
|XIII.||1966||Ranchi Auxiliary||Ranchi||Jharkhand||Smt. Soma Bhatkar|
|XIV.||1956||Shillong Auxiliary||Shillong||Meghalaya||The Rev. Phidolis Dkhar|
|XV.||1820||Tamil Nadu Auxiliary||Chennai||Tamil Nadu||The Rev. P. Moses Devadason, CSI, B. D. (Serampore)|
|XVI.||2016||Telangana Auxiliary||Secunderabad||Telangana||The Rev. P. K. Praveen Prabhu Sudheer, CSI, Ph.D. (Madras)|
Management of the Society
The Society has been led by able administrators hailing from the Clergy. During 1980 when a gap arose, the Society had to appoint Laymen for a temporary period but with the appointment of The Rev. M. Mani Chacko, an Old Testament Scholar and a member of the Society for Biblical Studies in India (SBSI), the Society is again led by the Clergy.
The India Bible Society Trust Association (IBSTA) is the main management body which runs the administration of the Bible Society of India and has been led by Theologians including Victor Premasagar, Navamani Elia Peter and other Clergy.
Though General Secretaries were in short tenures, it was the rural Pastor, The Rev. A. E. Inbanathan who held the longest tenure and built up the society in all spheres in Translation, Promotion, Distribution and Resource Mobilisation.
|Years||Succession of General Secretaries|
|1944-1947||The Rev. J. S. M. Hooper, Methodist, M. A. (Oxford),|
|1947-1949||The Rev. George Sinker, C of E,|
|1949-1958||Mr. P. Mahanty,|
|1958-1959||Ms. Marjorie Harrison,|
|1959-1960||The Rev. W. Park Rankin,|
|1960-1981||The Rev. A. E. Inbanathan, CSI, Ph.D. (Hartford),|
|1981||Major General O. M. Mani,|
|1981-1982||Mr. T. Albert Manoraj, IPS,|
|1982-1985||Mr. T. John Ramakrishnan, IAS,|
|1985-2011||Mr. B. K. Pramanik,|
|2011||Mr. M. Jesudas,|
|2011-||The Rev. M. Mani Chacko, CSI, Ph.D. (London)|
- Neville Barker Cryer, Bibles Across the World, Mowbrays, 1979, p.109. 
- BSI, Office Bearers
- The Rev. P. N. S. Chandra Bose is the General Secretary of the Gospel Mission of India. The Hindu, 6.2.2013. 
- Tax Management, India
- The Sowing Circle, Volume 31, Number 1, January–April 2015
- "Translation". Bible Society of india. Retrieved 12 Oct 2015.
- Nirmal, Chiranjivi (2011). Imaging the Word: A Twenty-First Century Perspective. Bangalore: The Bible Society of India. p. 70. ISBN 81-221-2908-0.
- Nirmal, Chiranjivi (2011). Imaging the Word: A Twenty-First Century Perspective. Bangalore: The Bible Society of India. p. 12,13. ISBN 81-221-2908-0.
- Nirmal, Chiranjivi (2011). Imaging the Word: A Twenty-First Century Perspective. Bangalore: The Bible Society of India. p. 23. ISBN 81-221-2908-0.
- Basil Rebera, The Bible Society of India and Inter-Confessional Translations, in D. S. Amalorpavadass (Edited), Report of the II All-India Biblical Meeting, NBCLC, Bangalore, 1975, p.348. 
- C. Arangaden, Fiddler in the Zoo, iUniverse, Bloomington, 2011, p.89.
- The Sowing Circle, Volume 28, Number 1, January-April 2012, p.20
- Rayanna Govindu, The Table Fellowship of Jesus (Luke 5.27-32), Pontifical Urban University, Rome, 2003.
- The Bible Society of India, list of Auxiliaries, October 2015
- The Sowing Circle, Volume 32, Number 1, January-April 2016, p.9
- Linked In'
- Evangelical Church of India, Board of Governors
- Stone Ridge Fellowship
- Linked In
- Church of North India. 
- Senate of Serampore College (University), Minutes of the Meeting of the Working Committee of the Academic Council held on July 17, 2012, p.26. 
- Serampore Examination Registration. 
- The Sowing Circle, Volume 29, Number 2, May-August 2013, pp.32-33
- G. D. V. Prasad, Chiranjivi J. Nirmal, Imaging the Word: A Twenty-First Century Perspective, The Bible Society of India 1811-2011, Bible Society of India, Bangalore, 2000, (revised edition 2011), p.115. 
- Kenneth Cracknell, Susan J. White, An Introduction to World Methodism, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005, p.150.
- Annual Report of the American Bible Society, Volume 149, American Bible Society, 1964, p.144. 
- The Civil List of Indian Police Service, 1968, p.232
- Interact 2012 of the Indiranagar Methodist Church, Bangalore
- Mr. B. K. Pramanik and Mr. M. Jesudas have been conferred honorary doctorate by an unrecognised institution which has no standing before the University Grants Commission. Hence, their prefixes have been retained as Mr. See Some Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Degree Recipients of IICM.