Zondervan acquires BibleGateway.com
Grand Rapids-based Zondervan has acquired BibleGateway.com, which is considered to be the leading online tool for reading and researching scripture, from. Under the agreement Zondervan also acquired from Gospel Communications Inc. the rights to Gospel.com, an online community of Christian organizations. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Launched in 1993, BibleGateway.com has emerged as the most popular online reference tool focused on the Bible, according to Zondervan. The site’s advanced search capabilities allow users to search, find and compare particular scripture passages based on keywords, phrases or scripture reference in more than 50 languages and 81 different translations. Gospel Communications is a Muskegon-based non-profit Christian organization devoted to spreading the Gospel through film, internet and other media.
Zondervan President and CEO Moe Girkins commended Gospel Communications for being ahead of the curve in the mid 1990’s when it first had the vision to create a free, online Bible search tool that would include content from all of the key Bible publishers and would be functional and user friendly.
“Their dedication and hard work has resulted in the creation and long-term sustainability of the world’s leading online scripture resource,” Girkins said. “We couldn’t be more excited to carry forward the vision of Gospel Communications and continue to build on BibleGateway.com’s heritage.”
Zondervan intends to build out the site’s current features, including expanding and enhancing the user interface and adding a robust selection of reference materials and other Bible study resources based on its proprietary content and author resources, as well as working in partnership with other content providers. Zondervan has also hired some of the BibleGateway.com staff to continue their work as part of the Zondervan team.