The Rich History of the Society

| February 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Nearly a year ago, Stevenson University (SU) and the Maryland Bible Society (MBS) signed an archival teaming agreement that is uncommon in the world of university archives.  The agreement allows MBS to place its Collection in the custodial care of the Stevenson Archives while allowing MBS the power to retain its rights of ownership and copyright. This Collection consists of historical Bibles including the 1611 first edition of the King James Bible, other bibles, religious books, historical manuscripts, pamphlets, films and artifacts including a scrapbook containing religious engravings dating from 1674 as well as the minutes and financial records for MBS dated from 1810 and those of the Washington City Bible Society dated back to 1828.

The agreement provides MBS the opportunity to obtain a level of care and security for its Collection, a value of $50,000, that would have otherwise been cost prohibitive.   SU’s motivation for this agreement is the Collections’ inestimable educational and historical value to its curriculum since it has applications across our various disciplines. By this Spring, the Collection will be online, making it available to scholars and researchers worldwide. As the year unfolds, I will discuss the historical significance of different parts of the collection.  In these forthcoming articles I look forward to describing to you the many secrets the Collection holds and why it is important that it be preserved and studied.

Glenn Johnston, SU Archivist

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For over 200 years, the mission of the Maryland Bible Society (MBS) has been to see that every individual has an opportunity to own a Bible regardless of their native language or financial situation. Here in Maryland this mission has been mostly fulfilled. We now are turning our emphasis to encouraging and helping people read, understand and live out the truths and principles God has given us through His Holy Scriptures. As a non-denominational ministry, MBS is uniquely positioned to offer God’s Word without note or comment to Christians from all denominational backgrounds. This position allows us to work with all local Christian churches, serving and assisting them as they follow God’s lead. MBS has and will continue to establish and build partnerships that promote the distribution of the Bible, supply related sources and provide educational opportunities. Our vision is to ignite fresh passion for God’s Word to be lived out in the daily lives of people in Maryland and the world beyond. God’s Word contains truths that speak to all of the important areas of our lives: family, marriage, work, friendships, finances and parenting. It serves as the ‘road map’ for the often-overwhelming experience of life. It is a comfort, an encouragement, a teacher. It is convicting, edifying and inspiring. The Bible reveals our purpose in life. The Creator of the Universe has given us His Word to guide and direct us as we serve Him and live in the world.

As we embark on this renewed vision, our desire is to impact lives. As God leads us on this great adventure, we invite you to partner with us. Lives will be transformed as the Holy Spirit works through the Scriptures, resources and opportunities provided by MBS. Join us as we ignite fresh passion for God’s Word among individuals, ministries, local Churches, and businesses.

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