Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the world’s most visited Christian website, Bible Gateway (BibleGateway.com; @BibleGateway) has been viewed more than 14 billion times by people using more than one billion devices.
General Manager Rachel Barach says, “Our mission statement is ‘To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are.’ What an honor and privilege to be able to serve so many people around the world during the last quarter-century, doing just that.”
Bible Gateway was created in 1993 — when the World Wide Web was just beginning — as an internal Bible research computer tool for students at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today it ranks number one on global search engines. It is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. and is home to more than 200 Bible versions in more than 70 languages. Bible Gateway is a trusted resource for people in more than 200 countries who rely on it every day for all their desktop and mobile device Bible reading, listening, studying, searching, comparing, and sharing needs.
What people the world over search for in the Bible on Bible Gateway varies throughout the year, but generally remains constant from year to year. An interactive visualizing graph lets users explore how cyclical some queries are, often repeating every year around the same time each year.
Along with a new sweepstakes every month with high-value print Bibles as prizes, the website MyBibleGateway.com (#MyBibleGateway) is the hub of the 25th anniversary celebration, where enthusiasts tell what Bible Gateway means to them.
Bible Gateway is device friendly, so that no matter what size device a person uses when visiting the site — desktop, tablet, smartphone — the screen is maximized for optimum viewing. And in the months to come, visitors will see a refreshed new design to the site.
The award-winning free Bible Gateway App for both Android and iOS allows people to read more than 90 Bible translations and listen to more than 20 audio Bibles, in addition to taking personal notes, highlighting text, starring favorite verses, follow Bible reading plans, enjoy night mode Bible reading, and much more.
The just released free Bible Gateway Bible Audio App lets users listen to a variety of Bible translations, choosing from multiple audio narration styles; navigate quickly anywhere in the Bible; speed up or slow down playback to listen to the Bible at their own pace; and listen to the Bible while reading the very text that’s being narrated.
Visit https://www.biblegateway.com/ for more information.
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