Society of Bible Craftsmanship

Museum of the Bible is proud to announce
the founding of the Society of Bible Craftsmanship (SOBC)

The Society of Bible Craftsmanship celebrates beauty, creativity, and innovation in the field of Bible publishing. The society’s mission is to nurture and highlight excellence in the industry, and to help the general reader discover and appreciate all that goes into the finest examples of Bible craftsmanship—in all languages, in all media.

A central task of the society will be to periodically gather and exhibit new Bible publications from around the world. The society’s awards program will recognize the finest work in a broad range of categories, with winners exhibited at Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.

The Bible is the most important book ever to be published, and also one of the most challenging in terms of design and production. Today the innovation displayed in meeting these challenges is at an all-time high. In partnership with publishers and industry professionals, the society will host events and virtual seminars though the Museum of the Bible to explore every aspect of craftsmanship, illuminating the work of translators and editors, designers and typographers, printers and bookbinder, and many other contributors to the production process. The society’s e-newsletter will also showcase the best writing on Bible craftsmanship.

Through the Society of Bible Craftsmanship, Museum of the Bible hopes to promote the flourishing of contemporary Bible publishing and reading.

Click here to see the Steering Committee for the Society of Bible Craftsmanship.

Save the Date

Second Annual SOBC Conference

The second annual Bible Craftsmanship Conference will be held April 15, 2023, at Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Registration is coming soon.

Membership Levels

Individual
Membership

Benefits include:

  • Admission to all events and masterclass seminars (online included)
  • Listing on the reviewer's page on the society’s website
  • Voting for the People’s Choice Award at the annual conference
  • Digital newsletter
  • Museum of the Bible Single membership ($49.99 value)

Annual membership price: $150

International
Membership

Benefits include:

  • Submission of up to two (2) Bibles for the annual competition
  • Permission to use the society’s logo in company communications
  • Digital newsletter
  • Two (2) tickets to all events and masterclass seminars (online included)
  • Two (2) Museum of the Bible Single memberships ($99.98 value)

Annual membership price: $400

Bible Publisher and Trade Membership

Benefits include:

  • Display space at the annual conference in Washington, DC
  • Half-page ad in the conference program
  • Submission of up to four (4) Bibles for the annual competition
  • Permission to use the society’s logo in company communications
  • Digital newsletter
  • Corporate logo and link on the society’s landing page
  • Five (5) tickets to all events and masterclass seminars (online included)
  • Five (5) Museum of the Bible Single memberships ($249.95 value)

Annual membership price: $2,000

To become a member, please call Customer Service at 866-430-MOTB.

Upcoming SOBC Events

Lunch & Learn with the SOBC: A Vision for Tomorrow’s Bible

November 23, 2022
12:00–1:30 p.m. EST
Cost: Free
Virtual event

This Lunch & Learn will inspire you with a vision for the future of Bible craftsmanship — and explain how you can be a part of making “tomorrow’s Bible” a reality!

The launch of the Society of Bible Craftsmanship (SOBC) has generated a lot of excitement — and plenty of questions, such as what is the society’s mission and how will it be achieved? This event provides an in-depth introduction designed to help professionals in Bible publishing understand the many benefits of the SOBC, as well as to introduce the general public to the canons of good Bible design. The society’s president, Klaus Krogh, will share his vision for what the SOBC hopes to accomplish in “curating the future of Bible design.” The SOBC’s annual awards program will be detailed, too, highlighting the judging process and criteria to show how the society will encourage best practices in Bible craftsmanship. 

Lunch & Learn with the SOBC: Three Things Quality Bibles Need to Get Right



February 22, 2023
12:00–1:30 p.m. EST
Cost $9.99

This special program lays out an essential framework to inspire industry professionals when it comes to Bible production. Three topics will be covered in this discussion, each led by an area-expert: 1. the importance of choosing the right paper; 2. the key to printing quality Bibles; and 3. the best options for Bible bindings. This program is meant for everyone working in Bible publishing, from sales and marketing to production.

More information coming soon.