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BibleGateway.com is a website designed to allow easy searching of the Bible in many different versions and translations, including Spanish, French, and other non-English languages (see below). The website is free for anyone to use. It is currently owned by Zondervan.

History

Started by Nick Hengeveld in 1993[1] at Calvin College, the Bible Gateway was initially planned as a static HTML presentation of the Bible.[2] In 1995, the gateway moved to the new Gospel Communications Network (a part of Gospel Communications International). The Bible Gateway is written as a CGI script in Perl.

The Bible Gateway gradually expanded its database by acquiring the rights to more English translations and translations into more languages. Among the groups tendering the rights to disseminate their different versions of the Bible include the International Bible Society and The Lockman Foundation.

In late 2008, Zondervan (the Evangelical Christian publisher of the NIV and TNIV Bible and a wholly owned subsidiary of HarperCollins) acquired the Bible Gateway from Gospel Communications.[3] The sale of the site came after two years of continued financial difficulties on the part of the donation-driven GospelCom ministry.[4]

English language versions

Other languages versions

  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Amuzgo
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Cebuano
  • Chinanteco
  • Chinese
  • Creole
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Dholuo
  • French
  • German
  • Low German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hiligaynon
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Latin
  • Maori
  • Malaysian
  • Nahuatl
  • Ndebele
  • Norwegian
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovakian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese

References

  1. Newsgroups: comp.archives, "Anyone want to test a gateway?" (12/28/1993)
  2. About the Bible Gateway
  3. Grand Rapids Press: Zondervan acquires religious site BibleGateway.com
  4. Muskegon Chronicle: Muskegon-based Christian media giant near close

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