Lexham English Bible

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The Lexham English Bible or LEB New Testament was published and released by Logos Bible Software in October 2010. It lists as General Editor W. Hall Harris, III. An Old Testament translation is underway.[1]

According to its foreword, the translator's intent was to achieve:

"unparalleled...transparency with the original language text.... It was produced with the specific purpose of being used alongside the original language text of the Bible. Existing translations, however excellent they may be in terms of English style and idiom, are frequently so far removed from the original language texts of scripture that straightforward comparison is difficult for the average user.... The ability to make such comparisons easily in software formats...makes the need for an English translation specifically designed for such comparison even more acute."

The LEB is relatively literal and was derived from an interlinear translation of the Greek NT. An unusual feature of the LEB is the use of corner brackets to mark idioms in the English translation. Italics are used to indicate words supplied by the translator with no direct equivalent in the underlying Greek.[2]

At release, it was simultaneously offered for free use not only for Logos users, but for other popular software suites, including freeware such as e-Sword and The Sword Project. The LEB is available under a very permissive license that allows royalty-free commercial and non-commercial use.[3] It can be used online for free at http://biblia.com.


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