About Us

The Nida Institute carries out its work domestically and internationally. Domestically, the Institute is known as the research, scholarship and service arm of American Bible Society, whose offices are now located in Philadelphia, PA. Internationally, and more recently, the Institute became one of the charter members of the Italy-based San Pellegrino University Foundation. In both venues, the Institute carries forward the work of its namesake, Eugene A. Nida (1914-2011), who directed ABS translations from 1946-1984 and is widely recognized as one of the foremost linguists and translation theorists of the 20th century. 

Within American Bible Society, the Institute serves the strategic initiatives of the Mission Global division. In support of Mission Global, the Institute serves the strategic initiatives of the Global Scripture Ministries division. In support of GSM, the Institute designs and oversees domestic programs of scholarship, professional development, quality assurance, and translation. Institute staff also represent ABS to the media in matters of biblical scholarship and translation. Key partners in the Institute’s domestic work include the Society of Biblical Literature and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

As one of four charter members of the San Pellegrino University Foundation, the Institute operates an international center for translation studies, providing translation training and publishing services. Because the Foundation is recognized by the European Union as a center for higher education, its members can offer their clients the benefits of accredited academic programs and access to European Union scholarships and bursaries. Clients the Institute serves from this center come from the world of Bible translation (the United Bible Societies, SIL International, The Seed Company, Biblica, etc.) as well as from the world of translation studies. Key programs directed by the Foundation include the Nida School of Translation Studies and the annual Translation Studies Research Symposium held in New York City. 

Nida School of Bible Translation

Religious discourse translation – more specifically, Bible translation – lies at the very heart of the mission that the Nida Institute and its parent organization, American Bible Society, carry out. The Nida Institute entrusts this work to a Translations Unit that collaborates extensively with its project partners.

Professional Development

Ongoing developments in biblical and translation studies along with the rapid deployment of software and digital solutions within theological education make continuing education a must for religious professionals. The Nida Institute customizes programs of professional development that are mobile and up to date. It offers graduate level classes in Bible engagement, biblical studies, globalization, media-translation, and software tools.


Biblical research and translation scholarship continually refresh and improve ABS’s line of products and services. Thanks to several provisions and venues for such research and scholarship, the Institute advances translation studies, critically examines religious discourse, and advocates for new approaches to the theory and practice of translation. Among these provisions is the Nida School for Translation Studies and the journal translation.