Albanian Bible Society80





As soon as 1974 the founders of today's "Albanian Bible Society" started their work by preparing literature with biblical content in Albanian.

In 1991, just after the fall of the old system in Albania, the founders of the Albanian Bible Society launched its greatest project, which was to have great impact for the people of Albania.

Only three years later, in 1993, the Albanian reader held the whole 39 books of the Old Testament in Albanian in hands - for the first time in the nation's history. A few months later, in spring 1994, the translation of the 27 books of the New Testament was finished, so the complete work could be published - the Book of Books, the Bible in Albanian.

The work started by the famous writer Konstandin Kristoforidhi by tranlating parts of the New Testament has thus been finished and completed by the Albanian Bible Society.

A new beginning in Albania went hand in hand with another beginning, as is written:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Our goal: The translation of the original biblical handwritings into a correct and contemporal Albanian. Therefore the whole work has been done in-country.

A group of professionals, including professors of Albanian language, professional correctors and believers from different churches, worked incessantly and with great effort in order to reach this goal.

In 1995 another task group has been formed with the goal to improve the literary quality of the Albanian translation. The group revised the biblical text by comparing it with the old original handwritings and worked on the definition of religious terminologies in Albanian. All that was done in close cooperation with professors and scholars.

The result: In February 2002 the revised “Dhjata e Re” (New Testament) has been published, after being completely revised and compared in detail with the original text.


The "Shoqëria Biblike Shqiptare", ABS, is a non-profit organization based and registered in Tirana.
In 1995 ABS has been registered as a non-profit-organization at the Circuit Court of Tirana.