The Anabaptism at 500 Project has exceeded its goal of 500 study groups contributing to the Anabaptist Community Bible. The project, which marks the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism, invited groups to participate in the creation of a new Bible with annotations that reflect the values of the Anabaptist tradition.
“We are thrilled with the response to the Anabaptism at 500 project,” said project director John Roth. “We hoped people would be interested in participating, but the response has been truly remarkable. The fact that we far exceeded our goal of 500 study groups is a testament to the vitality and diversity of the Anabaptist community, and we are excited to see how this Bible will be used to strengthen and enrich that community.”
Study groups have registered from 16 countries and 58 Anabaptist-Mennonite denominations and church bodies. These groups are studying assigned scriptures together. The reflections and questions they generate, supplemented by insights from biblical scholars and early Anabaptist witness testimonies, will appear as marginal notes in the Anabaptist Community Bible.
“We hope that the Anabaptist Community Bible will be a valuable resource not just for the Anabaptist community but for anyone interested in exploring the rich and varied landscape of Christian theology and practice,” said Mollee Moua, managing editor. “By bringing together diverse study groups, we have created a truly unique resource, one that reflects the complexity and richness of the Anabaptist community.”
The Anabaptist Community Bible will be available for purchase in 2025 along with other products being created to commemorate the historic milestone. The project is seeking photos and story submissions for a color photobook. More information is at AnabaptismAt500.com.