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OEB (2014.11) - 'Julia E Smith' Release

We’re pleased to announce a new release of the OEB, including the New Testament and Psalms and available from the front page of the Open English Bible website at http://openenglishbible.org

This release is the first in a line of releases to include more books from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. In this release we have included Ruth, and Esther.

We have dedicated this release to Julia Evelina Smith (1792-1886) whose translation of the Bible was the first translation of the entire Bible by a woman. Julia was a suffragette, from an nonconformist and abolitionist family in Connecticut. Her preface to her translation, published in 1876, begins: “It may seem presumptuous for an ordinary woman with no particular advantages of education to translate and publish alone, the most wonderful book that has ever appeared in the world, and thought to be the most difficult to translate.”


New Release of Open English Bible

We’re pleased to announce a new release of the OEB, including the New Testament and Psalms and available from the front page of the Open English Bible website at http://openenglishbible.org

This release is part of our new release policy. We aim to put out a new revision of the OEB four times a year - roughly January, April, July, October. Yes, we are a little bit late this release :)

This fast release cycle is in line with a saying from the Open Source software world - “release early and release often” - and because we’ve been doing some great work preparing more books from the Old Testament, and revising the New Testament and want to get that work out for people to look at and comment on. Stick with us and we promise great things are in the pipeline!


New Development Build

Work on the OEB is done in the open - you can follow it on the GitHub repository (if you are geeky), on the mailing list/forum and on a regular basis we try to build a development version. These development versions have books in them which aren’t yet ready for wide release, so they’re not appropriate for a worship or study context. But if you want to keep track of what’s happening, or want to help out, then why not go to the development page, join the forum and help build a new type of Bible translation!