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Bible Societies
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[German Version]

I. History and Tasks – II. Bible Societies and Mission

I. History and Tasks

1. The Cansteinsche Bibelanstalt (CBA).

Pietism expressed the demand for inexpensive Bibles. At that time Bibles were costly and prohibitively expensive for the poor. A.H. Francke recognized the possibility of reducing the cost of printing Bibles by keeping the type that had been set. To this end he needed starting capital, which neither he nor a private printer could raise. Baron C.H. v. Canstein, his friend, took up the p…

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Meurer, Siegfried, “Bible Societies”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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