The first OET version I want to introduce is the Literal Version (OET-LV). Here's an initial list of some of the Literal Version features:
- It will attempt to follow the original (Hebrew and Greek) Scriptures as closely as possible (at the expense of sounding "wooden" in English)
- This means being as literal as possible -- trying to match pretty much word-for-word (thus idioms won't be adjusted)
- Any non-trivial words that must be added to the English for understanding will be clearly marked as additions
- Every attempt will be made to make the English glosses consistent (at least for the primary meanings of words)
- Primary and extended meanings of words will be marked using slashes, e.g., (מַלְאָךְ) messenger/angel
- Slashes may also be used to denote an English range of meaning that's perhaps different from the word in the original languages, e.g., sorrow/mourning
- Underscores may be used to join English words coming from a single source language word, e.g., cause_to_stumble, except that small grammatical features like articles, prepositions, and conjunctions maybe be exempted from this
- Where it seems to critically affect the meaning, grammatical features that are not normally in English (such as marking gender or distinguishing between you singular and plural) will be marked
- The divine name will simply be rendered as YHWH
- People and place names will be transliterated more accurately, e.g., Yonah instead of Jonah, Yesous instead of Jesus (but not going to the trouble of using additional markings to distinguish the long and short vowels, etc.)
- Only proper nouns (and sentence beginnings) will be capitalised in the text, thus there will be no God only god
- The translation will be rendered into English sentence by sentence (with ambiguities marked in footnotes), i.e., the 19th sentence of the English New Testament should match the 19th sentence of the Greek.
- There will be no section headers or paragraph markings -- it will generally be displayed by sentence (as traditional chapter and verse numbers will be downplayed in all OET versions)
- Only original measurements will be used, e.g., cubits not metres.
- There will be extensive footnotes about variants (and missing or unclear sections) in the early manuscripts
- The OET-LV is aimed at readers and students who don't read the original languages themselves, but want to get a good idea of what they actually say
- It is hoped that the web-based publication can also provide live links to facsimiles of the original documents.
Please note your suggested improvements in the comments -- I want to hear your ideas for improvements.
So hopefully you can see that the OET-LV is aimed to give pastors and all those studying the English Bible relatively good access to the original texts, even if they are impeded by not being able to read the original languages.