Open English Translation (OET) Introduction

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Introduction

The Open English Translation of the Bible (abbreviated to Open English Translation or OET) is a new series of Bible translation versions just beginning to be created. It's starting as the work of an individual, but hopes to involve a worldwide team of translators and checkers once the web software is designed and set into place. Meanwhile, the design principles of the translation are still being formulated and honed.

The original inspiration for this work came from the World English Bible (WEB) initiated by Michael Paul Johnson. The WEB is public domain, meaning that it can be freely used and built-upon—not limited to particular uses by any restrictive copyrights.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions.

Versions

Most Bible translations consist of only one version, but a number of editions, perhaps with British vs. American spellings, with or without cross-references or study notes, mini-concordance, etc. However, the Open English Translation of the Bible (OET) comes from the beginning with more than one version with different aims, but expected to be used together just like a modern builder might use a nail-gun for many tasks, but pick up his hammer for others.

The following things are common to all of the OET versions:

The Open English Translation is available in the following versions:

Of course, it will also be possible to offer additional editions such as Men's Study Edition or Young Readers' Illustrated Edition.

Note that the OET also includes grammatical and semantic tagging. A full list of tags and special characters can be found here. The tagged files are provided on the Downloads Page.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions.

Further design questions yet to be decided

Version numbers

Each book will contain an internal version number of the form Vx.x.xx. These will roughly follow the following series:

VersionExplanation
0.1.00Fill-in base version adapted from another version -- the ASV in the case of the Literal Version, then the Readers' Version from the Literal Version, and so forth.
0.2.00First completed draft of the text and section headings
0.3.00Checked draft of the text and section headings
0.4.00First completed draft of the text with headings and notes
0.5.00Checked draft of the text with headings and notes
0.6.00Checked for consistency of style and key terms
0.7.00Checked for consistency and accuracy
0.8.00Ready for external review
0.9.00This book is waiting ready to be included in a formal release
1.0.00Finished book released as part of a larger version release

Each release of each of the five OET versions will contain an overall version number of the form Vx.x.xx. These will roughly follow the following series:

VersionExplanation
0.1.00Prerelease of certain completed books and portions
0.2.00Second prerelease
0.3.00Third prerelease
0.4.00Fourth prerelease
0.5.00Complete New Testament prerelease with some Old Testament books
0.6.00Complete New Testament prerelease with the Torah and some other Old Testament books
0.7.00Complete New Testament prerelease with approx. 50% of the Old Testament
0.8.00Complete New and Old Testament prerelease
0.9.00Prerelease of full Old and New Testaments with Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books
1.0.00First release of full Old and New Testaments with Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books

It is intended that each release be a complete Old and New Testament, even if some of the included books are only fill-in base versions.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions.