History

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1832 Rev. Gützlaff spreads the Gospel in Korea with Chinese Scriptures
1865 Rev. Thomas gives away Chinese Scriptures with the help of the Scottish Bible Society
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1877 Rev. Ross, Eung Chan Lee, Sang Ryun Soh, Hong Jun Baek, and others start translating the Bible into Korean
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1882 The first Scriptures in Korean, Gospel of Luke and Gospel of John, are published in Manchuria, China by Rev. Ross and his Korean colleagues with the support from the National Bible Society of Scotland (currently Scottish Bible Society)
Sang Ryun Soh brought into Korea the Gospels in Korean for the first time in history
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1883 Rev. Ross publishes the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Luke
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1885 Gospel of Mark (신약마가젼복음셔언해) by Soo Jeong Lee is published in Japan with the support of the American Bible Society
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1887 The first New Testament, Corean New Testament is published
The Permanent Executive Bible Committee in Korea is organized, and Rev. Underwood and Rev. Appenzeller become members of this committee
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1895 The Bible Society is founded in Korea under the name of the Korean Agency of the British and Foreign Bible Society
Kenmure becomes the first General Secretary of the BFBS Korean agency.
1899 Churches nationwide conduct ‘Bible Society Sunday’ service and send their contributions to the Bible Society
1900 The second New Testament, the Korean New Testament, is published
1902 The Bible Society representatives hold worship at the Hansung Prison, and start its first free Bible distribution
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1905 Miller becomes the second General Secretary of the BFBS Korean agency.
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1911 The first Old Testament and the first full Bible in Korean are published
The Bible House (two story building) is built in Chongo 2 ga of Seoul city.
1913 The first Scripture in Braille (Gospel of John) is published
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1915 The assembly of colporteurs held in Seoul is attended by 172 persons.
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1937 Hobbes becomes the third General Secretary of the BFBS Korean agency
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1938 The Revised Version (성경개역), revision of the Korean Bible (성경젼셔) is published
1939 The Bible Society starts recruiting people to support Bible Work
1940 Robertson becomes the fourth General Secretary of the BFBS Korean agency1
1941 The Japanese colonial government forced the establishment of the Chosun Bible Society

Tae Eung Chung becomes the first General Secretary of the Chosun Bible Society in January
The BFBS Korean agency closes down and hands over all operations to the Korean Bible Society, and formally ends the Bible Work in Korea
In Gwa Chung becomes the second General Secretary of the Chosun Bible Society in April

1942 Bible Work in Korea is put to a stop upon the order from the Japanese Governor-General of Korea.
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1945 Bible Work is resumed with liberation.

Tae Eung Chung becomes the first General Secretary of the Korean Bible Society

1947 The Ministry of Culture and Education endorses the Korean Bible Society Foundation
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1949 Young Bin Im becomes the second General Secretary of the Korean Bible Society
The Korean Bible Society becomes a member of the United Bible Societies
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1961 The Korean Revised Version, revision of the Revised Version (성경개역) is published
1964 The Korean Bible Society’s Independence Countermeasures Committee is organized
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1966 Joo Byung (Andrew) Kim becomes the third General Secretary of the Korean Bible Society
1967 The New Testament in New Translation (신약전서 새번역) is published
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1971 The New Testament in the Common Translation is published
1972 The Bible Society ceases to use colporteurs for Bible distribution
1973 Four hundred thousand copies of Scriptures are exported for the first time
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1977 The Common Translation is published
1979 The Korean Bible Society becomes financially independent
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1981 Ho Yong Kim becomes the fourth General Secretary of the Korean Bible Society
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1985 KBS dedicates the Seocho Bible House
1986 Annual Bible distribution exceeds one million copies
1991 Annual Bible distribution reaches two million copies
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1993 The New Korean Standard Version is published
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1995 KBS celebrates its centennial year

KBS opens the Information Resource Center for Biblical Studies (currently the Library for Biblical Studies), Bible Exhibition Hall, and the Ross Memorial Hall

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1998 The New Korean Revised Version is published
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1999 KBS releases the Revised Common Translation Bibles and the CD-ROM Bible ver. 1.0
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2000 KBS opens the Center for Bible Education and Culture
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2001 KBS establishes its bindery, Bible Korea Co., and Mal Yong Chung becomes the President

The Revised New Korean Standard Version is published

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2002 Young-Jin Min becomes the fifth General Secretary of the Korean Bible Society
2005 KBS releases the CD-ROM Bible ver. 2.0.
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2006 KBS releases Korean-Chinese mixed script Bible with cross references
KBS starts the Bible A Month Club.
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2007 Chang Eung Ahn and Eui Hyun Kwon become the sixth General Secretaries of the Korean Bible Society
KBS dedicates the Yeoksam Bible House.
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2009 The Bible Korea Co. is relocated to Paju, Kyunggi-do
2010 KBS hosts the 8th World Assembly of the United Bible Societies in Seoul, Korea
2011 KBS celebrates the 100th anniversary of the translation and publication of the first Korean Bible
2015 KBS hosts the 5th Publishers Convention of the United Bible Societies in Seoul, Korea
KBS celebrates the 120th anniversary of Bible Work in Korea