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Global distribution of Bible exceeded 32 million in 2021

A report by the United Bible Societies (UBS) says that more than 32 million Bibles were distributed globally in 2021, leading to a slight increase in Bible distribution as compared to 2020. Those numbers include the worldwide distribution of approximately 32.6 million complete editions of the Bible compared to 30.9 million copies in 2020, marking a 5.5 percent increase in distribution.

Evangelical Focus reports:

The distribution of Bibles slightly increased worldwide in 2021, the United Bible Societies (UBS) recently reported in a press release.

According to their data, around 32.6 million complete Bible editions were distributed last year, “after the pandemic-related slump in Bible distribution in the previous year”, the situation has stabilised again has stabilised again.

Compared to the previous year (30.9 million copies), this was an increase of 5.5% in 2021.

The report also says there has been an increase in the distribution of full editions of the Bible and a decrease in the distribution of partial editions. Moreover, interest in biblical section writings has also reduced.

Meanwhile, the distribution of 5.1 million Bible editions containing only the New Testament was down from 2020 (5.7 million).

There was also a decline in interest in biblical selection writings, with 132 million copies in 2021, compared to the 155 million such writings that were distributed in 2020.

Digital editions of the Bible played a significant role in the UBS report.

Furthermore, around 20% of all full Bibles distributed were downloaded from the internet, so that the share of digital Bibles is lower than in the first “Corona year” 2020, but is 15% higher than in 2019.

According to the report, the distribution of digital editions “is playing an increasingly important role, especially in crisis regions”.

They put the examples of the Bible Society in Mozambique, which “was able to provide a digital Bible edition to a total of 51,000 people”, despite the country was shaken by natural disasters and terrorist attacks in 2021.

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