Bible Society is rooted in the rich heritage of the middle-Eastern Churches’ Bible tradition. We remember the many Arabic translations of the Bible that had benefited from Syria and Coptic previous translations. For more than 50 years the Bible Society has worked with Christian and other Biblical scholars from every tradition to translate, produce, and distribute the Scriptures. Bible Society was responsible for the whole Levant region – Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Gulf States. As a national Bible Society, it became an associate member of the United Bible Societies – a worldwide fellowship that today includes national Bible Societies in 135 countries – in 1983 and a full member in 1996. More than 6.5 billion copies of the Scriptures have been distributed through the efforts of this global fellowship.