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Open English Bible


The Open English Bible is the anticipated end product of a project intended to create an English translation of the Bible that is:

  • under a licence enabling the maximum reuse, remixing and sharing without requiring the payment of royalties or the obtaining of permission from copyright holders; and
  • a translation reflecting modern English usage and Biblical scholarship.

The New Testament of the OEB is being formed by editing the public domain Twentieth Century New Testament, which was a new translation of the New Testament published in the early twentieth century, based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort.

The Hebrew Bible is being formed by editing a number of public domain translations done by John E McFadyen and Charles F Kent.

As such, the OEB as a translation does not stand within the Tyndale tradition but has a separate tradition in a similar manner to the NIV and New English Bible.

Our website is at

This site

This source tree contains:

artifacts/ The final generated documents. This is probably what you want if you want to use the OEB. The subdirectories are marked as 'release' which has the books in the OEB release, and 'development' which has all books, no matter how partial or rough.

source/ These are the source files we are working from. They are USFM files with a lightweight layer of markup to handle variations. A bash script to generate a release version from the source. A python3 script to generate usfm and rtf files for all the books, whether in development or release.

To make these scripts work, you will need to have the USFM-Tools git repository in this top level directory (ie as the USFM-Tools directory)


A CC0 licenced modern English translation of the Bible



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