In the Sunday Forum I introduced folks to a new (to us) study resource: The New English Translation of the Bible (NET Bible or NET in abbreviation) was begun in 1995 and published in 2005.
From the Preface to the NET Bible:
The NET Bible (New English Translation) is a completely new translation of the Bible, not a revision or an update of a previous English version. It is being completed by more than twenty biblical scholars who are working directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The translation project originally started as an attempt to provide an electronic version of a modern translation for electronic distribution over the Internet and on CD-Rom. Anyone anywhere in the world with an Internet connection will be able to use and print out the NET Bible without cost for personal study. In addition, anyone who wants to share the Bible with others can print unlimited copies and give them away free to others.
You can find this resource on bible.org. You can choose to become a registered user or not. The process to become a registered uset is Free and easily done. Registering opens up other ways to use this resource. Even if you don’t become a registered user the NET Bible will be a useful addition for your personal study. I agree with Wikipedia: “The translation is most notable for an immense number of lengthy footnotes (which often explain its textual translation decision), its open translation process, [and] its availability on the Internet ….” Good stuff. ~dan
Check out this resource for yourself:
- Home Page for bible.org: http://bible.org
- Making of the NET Bible: http://bible.org/article/making-net-bible
- The NET Bible: https://net.bible.org/#!bible/
- Abbreviations used in the NET Bible: http://bible.org/list-abbreviations-net-bible-footnotes (Begins with abbreviations of the books of the Bible)
- Abbreviations used in the NET Bible footnotes: http://bible.org/list-abbreviations-net-bible-footnotes#sn (General abbreviations, like tn, and sn, found in the footnotes)
- Maps from the NET Bible: http://bible.org/maps (scroll down to find the list of maps)
*That is, new to us in the Sunday Morning Forum (the NET Bible has been online since 2005).