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Open English Bible

Open English Bible
Full name: Open English Bible
Abbreviation: OEB
OT published: WIP
NT published: August 2010
Derived from: NT: Twentieth Century New Testament
OT: Charles Foster Kent, John Edgar McFadyen, and the JPS 1917
Textual basis: NT: Wescott-Hort
OT: Leningrad Codex
Translation type: "scholarly defensible mainstream translation"
Reading level: High School[note 1]
Version revised: January 2012
Publisher: Russell Allen
Copyright status: Public domain (CC0)
Online address:

The Open English Bible (OEB) is a freely redistributable modern translation based on the Twentieth Century New Testament translation. A work in progress, with its first publication in August 2010, the OEB is edited and distributed by Russell Allen.

History and Textual Basis

The OEB is a modern translation created by editing the Twentieth Century New Testament translation,[1] and derived from the Greek Wescott-Hort text. The OEB aims to be a "scholarly defensible mainstream translation", which is intended "not to push any particular theological line". The reading level of the OEB "[corresponds] roughly to the NEB/REB or NRSV", that is, High School reading level.[2] The OEB's initial release was in August 2010,[3] although a preview of the Book of Mark was released in March 2010.[4]

Copyright Status

The Open English Bible's copyright was held by Russell Allen, its author. It has been released under public domain[5] with modified versions distributed under a different name.[2] The OEB has been described as an "open source" translation.[6]

The OEB is distributed online using software. It is also available in "simple html" and plain text versions.[5]



External links

  • Open English Bible home page
  • Open English Bible Web Reader
  • Open English Bible Source on GitHub
  • Open English Bible Mailing List
  • Open English Bible Development Draft 3
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