- The Literal Version
Closely follows the Hebrew and Greek scriptures, so the sentences are English, but still using the original vocabulary and idiom as much as possible. Extensive notes about variants in the originals.
- The Readers' Version
An up-to-date free translation that's easy to read. As few distracting notes as possible. Designed for reading Bible stories easily and in full context.
- The Study Version
A less free translation but with many helpful notes and cross-references. This is the one to preach from and to memorise segments from.
- The Extended Version
An extended text of the Study Version, with many more notes and details also added in. Designed for lecturers and Bible translators.
The links above focus on the differences between the different versions of the OET. The following list (from here) focuses on the common features:
- The misleading terminology Old Testament and New Testament will NOT be used
- The terminology Major Prophets and Minor Prophets is also misleading to many readers and will NOT be used
- Traditional chapter and verse numbers will be there, but will be downplayed to discourage their use
- Segments which are not included in the most ancient manuscripts will be removed from the inline text
- Wherever section headings are used (all but the Literal Version), they will be typeset/displayed in such a way so as not to interrupt the flow of the actual Scripture text
- The so-called apocryphal books will be included in the OET (with a section name yet to be determined)
- Eventually, the order that the books will be presented will be changed from the traditional English Protestant order
- Each book will have an individual version number, and each major release will also have an overall version number
- Each version will be available in multiple formats for download, including text, OpenOffice (ODF), and PDF files (both of individual books and of entire versions), USFM files, and OSIS files, and Epub electronic book files
- It will be released under a licence that both enables and encourages others to use and build upon this work. (Most likely this will be a Creative Commons BY-SA or BY licence, but other content licences are also being considered, even Public Domain.)
And yes, it is a very ambitious goal -- totally impossible without God's blessing! So come on volunteers...