Discover the Bible

The Bible is the world’s best-selling book!

Wherever you are on your journey with the Bible, our range of resources and study tools will help bring it to life in your home, church or community.

What is the Bible?

The Bible is the world’s best-selling book.

It has shaped the laws and politics of many western countries and influenced language, music and art.  Today it continues to inspire many millions of Christians around the world.  But what exactly is it?

The Bible is a remarkable collection of ancient writings Christians believe to be God’s revelation to people.  Some people say it’s actually like a library of books and letters all bound up in one.

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Where did the Bible come from?

The Bible has an amazing history, surviving wars, disasters, language changes and culture shifts.

In ancient times, the stories of God were passed down through generations by word of mouth.  It’s not known who first recorded these stories, but it could have been as early as 1,400 BC.  The recording of all the books in the Old Testament took hundreds of years.

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The Bible in Māori

The story of Te Paipera Tapu (The Holy Bible in Māori) began with the Rev. Samuel Marsden in Sydney.

As chaplain to the colony, Marsden met many Māori who had arrived in Sydney on whaling and sealing vessels.  He eventually learned the language and in 1807 the London based Church Missionary Society (CMS) agreed that Marsden could start a mission to New Zealand.  At the invitation of Māori Chief Ruatara, Marsden arrived in the Bay of Islands on December 22, 1814.  Three days later, on Christmas Day, he introduced more than 300 Māori to the Bible at New Zealand’s first church service.

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Bible reading research

Bible Society is committed to delivering quality research into New Zealand’s relationship with the Bible.  Since 2008, we have been engaging research companies such as Nielsen to help us paint a picture of how many New Zealanders read the Bible and the influence it has in their lives.

Our research is free to download.  Our next research project will be conducted early in 2017 and will be released to coincide with Bible Month in July.

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Free Resources

We’re pleased to be able to offer free resources for you and your church.  We have a range of free leaflets for children, plus also a range of downloadable resources.

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