2012: A Landmark Year
This summer, there are major opportunities for you to get involved with our work marking both the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Find out more about our work for London 2012, and our provision of Bibles for the Olympic village sites.
Read the Bishop of London's Jubilee pamphlet: 'A Big Idea for the 21st Century'
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Bible Society’s patron, Her Majesty The Queen, celebrates 60 years as monarch in 2012. She came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953.
Say thanks to your Diamond Geezer
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Bible Society would like to invite you to say ‘thank you’ to your Diamond Geezer. In the Bible, Jubilee was a special year when wrongs were forgiven and debts written off. So in this very special Jubilee year, Bible Society is asking Christians across the country: ‘who are you indebted to?’
It could be an old school teacher, a midwife who delivered a baby or someone who prayed steadfastly for you – just someone to whom you feel ‘indebted’ because of their kindness and help.
With our busy lives it is often easier to text a quick ‘thank you’ but wouldn’t it be great to take the time and hand-write a letter to that person to thank them for everything they’ve done. After all, don’t we all appreciate a ‘thank you’ card?
If you’re keen to get writing, please let us know you intend to take part, and we can encourage as many other Christians as possible to join with us. Just click the button below to let us know, or fill in the form to share your story. Thank you!
Jubilee - a biblical concept
The concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. The book of Leviticus explains that a Jubilee year occurs every fifty years, during this year slaves and prisoners were freed, debts were forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest.
Leviticus 25.10 says: ‘Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.’
Biblical regulations concerning the Jubilee year form part of what is known as the Holiness Code. It appears in the Torah, as part of the collections of laws given on Mount Sinai or Mount Horeb.
Jubilee year was to be treated like a sabbatical year, with the land lying fallow, but it also required the compulsory return of all property to its original owners or their heirs and the freeing of all Israelite indentured servants.