World English Bible
Full name: World English Bible
Abbreviation: WEB
NT published: 2000
Translation type: Formal equivalence
Publisher: Rainbow Missions
Copyright status: Public domain (copyright waived)
Online address:

For the text of the World English Bible, see Bible, World English (text)

The World English Bible (also known as WEB) is a public domain translation of the Bible that is currently in draft form. It is based on the 1901 American Standard Version, the Greek Majority Text, and the Hebrew Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. The New Testament is considered complete and is available in print.

You can view the complete text of the World English Bible on Christianity Knowledge Base.

Work on the World English Bible began in 1997 and was known as the American Standard Version 1997. The World English Bible project was started to produce a modern English Bible version that is not copyrighted, doesn't use archaic English (such as the KJV), or isn't translated in Basic English (such as the Bible In Basic English). The World English Bible follows the American Standard Version's unusual decision to transliterate the Tetragrammaton, but updates "Jehovah" to be "Yahweh".

There are seven passes of editing and proofreading for each book. An initial automated pass updated approximately 1,000 archaic words, phrases and grammatical constructs. The first manual pass was to add quotation marks (the ASV had none) and other punctuation, and to check the translation against the Greek and Hebrew texts where there are significant textual variants or the meaning is unclear.

Although a complete draft version is available, there is still much editing in progress. It was hoped to have a finished version by Christmas 2005. The entire New Testament is now mostly complete, and the Old Testament is complete except for the books of Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel.

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at World English Bible. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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