The first joint edition of the BTI Russian New Testament published by St. Andrew’s Press in Moscow is finally on sale across Russia


Dear friends of the Bible Translation Project,

The first external edition of the new modern translation of the Russian New Testament and Psalms produced by the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Bible Translation Institute (BTI) in partnership with Zaoksky Theological Seminary in Russia was recently published in Moscow by the Biblical-Theological Institute (BBI) of St. Apostle Andrew and is now finally on sale across Russia! BBI is the leading academic publisher of theological literature in Russia and this joint publication opens doors for the widest possible distribution and recognition of the new complete Bible.


The New Testament is now sold at the main books stores in Moscow including the Russian Bible Society store and also in St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Perm, Novosibirsk, Kiev, Odessa and Minsk using the main book distributors network. The release of this first external edition has been positively reviewed by popular Orthodox and Protestant theological web sites and seminary journals. Discussing this news with us Dr. Kulakov said: “It is humbling for our team that the faculty of St. Andrews Biblical Theological Institute decided to publish this joint edition as a part of their prestigious series of publications of "Modern Biblical Studies" in which they publish the works of renowned Biblical scholars. We pray that God will direct and bless the distribution of this edition and will continue to bless and guide our efforts as we complete the translation of the entire Bible. In that spirit we have already launched the work on the layout of the new complete Bible! We are anxiously anticipating the date of completion and seeing the entire Bible published, distributed and being read by the Russian people!”
Kulakov is currently in the fourth year of a five year sabbatical to complete the translation of the entire Bible into Russian by 2015. Working in collaboration with biblical scholars from universities across Russia, WAU BTI is an initiative in international and inter-denominational collaboration. The Institute has already published the Pentateuch, the Minor Prophets and the New Testament and the Psalms. Seeing the wide distribution of the new translation of the Bible across all parts of Russia is a dream come true for him.