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from French colportage (“peddling”), refers to a particular method of spreading the Bible and other religious texts through the sale of inexpensive Bibles from door to door by (mostly Protestant) colporteurs, often at great personal sacrifice. The first colportage societies were founded in Scotland (Edinburgh Tract Society, 1796) and England (Religious Tract Society, 1799; British and Foreign Bible Society, 1804), followed by Germany (i.a. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1804; Württembergische Bibelanstalt, 1812; Wuppertaler Traktatge…

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Grundmann, Christoffer H., “Colportage,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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