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New English Translation
Full name: New English Translation
Abbreviation: NET
Complete Bible published: 2005
Textual Basis: Independent textual basis as evidenced in the text-notes. NT: Novum Testamentum Graece 27th edition. OT: Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Septuagint influence.
Translation type: Dynamic equivalence.
Reading Level: Middle School
Publisher: Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C.
Copyright status: © 2005 Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C.
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The NET Bible (acronym for New English Translation) is a free, on-line English translation of the Bible, sponsored by the Biblical Studies Foundation (aka

The New English Translation, like the NIV, is a completely new translation of the Bible, not an update or revision of an older one (such as the ESV). The translation and extensive notes were undertaken by more than twenty biblical scholars who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The NET Bible was initially conceived at an annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in November 1995 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The translation project originally started as an attempt to provide a digital version of a modern English translation over the Internet and on CD-ROM without cost for the user. Many of those involved in the project's initial discussions eventually became part of the translation team. The translation itself claims to be non-sectarian and evangelical.

The translation is most notable for an immense number of lengthy footnotes (which often explain its textual translation decision), its open translation process, its availability on the Internet (both during its beta process and in its final form), and its open copyright permitting free downloads and use for ministry purposes.

The First Edition, made available in November 2005 on the tenth anniversary of the inception of the project, may be downloaded free of charge and is also available in printed editions. The First Edition comprises the Protestant canon. The Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books are undergoing translation, and will be used in some future editions.

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