Open English Bible

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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[a]
Version revision June 2016[1]
Publisher Russell Allen
Copyright Public domain (CC0)

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[edit]

The OEB is a modern translation created by editing the Twentieth Century New Testament translation, 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. The OEB's initial release was in August 2010, although a preview of the Book of Mark was released in March 2010.[2]


The Open English Bible is the translation used (except for Colossians)[3] in the book A New, New Testament by biblical scholar Hal Taussig.

Copyright status[edit]

The Open English Bible's copyright was held by Russell Allen, its author. It has been released into the public domain under a Creative Commons zero license with modified versions distributed under a different name. The OEB has been described as an "open source" translation.[4]

The OEB is available online in html or using software, or it can be downloaded in various formats.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ corresponding roughly to the NEB/REB or NRSV"
  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ "Open English Bible". The Bible Hunter. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  3. ^ Taussig 2013, p. xx.
  4. ^ Peter Kirk (7 April 2010). "Open content licensing and the NET Bible". Gentle Wisdom. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 


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