InterVarsity Press has acquired Biblica Books, the book-publishing arm of Biblica Worldwide, a 200-year-old ministry that translates, publishes, and distributes Bibles to more than 55 countries. The deal is expected to close by the end of the calendar year, with IVP gaining 170 backlist and almost 30 new Biblica Books titles, including Operation World, a global prayer guide now in its seventh edition.

Biblica Worldwide has translated the Bible into over 100 languages and is the translation sponsor and publisher of the New International Version® (NIV) Bible, the top-selling translation. The company recently made the decision to narrow its publishing program solely to the Bible, which led to the agreement with IVP, the nonprofit publishing arm of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, a campus ministry founded in 1947 that now publishes a range of ministry resources, trade books, and scholarly titles.

IVP plans to launch a sales and marketing campaign in January for select Biblica Books titles, including Operation World and The Future of the Global Church by Patrick Johnstone (Nov.).The new line of Biblica Books at IVP will officially launch in March 2012.