We are proud to finally give you the second part of the Breath of God Project. This two part project has a book from the New Testament (Jude) and a book from the Old Testament (Obadiah) available in all planned formats for the Testament from which it came.
For the Old Testament we are planning three distinct versions of the text available.
Before we discuss the parts of this project which will be published first we would like to discuss a part which will not. We have announced this in previous updates, but we will not be publishing the Hebrew in any way shape or form. This is for two reasons. The first and largest reason is we have chosen the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia which is a copyrighted text and we do not have the rights to publish it. It is available online and if you would like to read it or see it you may click here. The second reason we are choosing not to publish the Hebrew is our current publishing program cannot handle a language written right to left. In this volume we do have the Breath of God Literal Translation which is and interlinear without the original language present. This literal translation however will not be going to print. It will only be glimpsed in this volume.
- The Holy Bible: Breath of God Version (or BOGV – Breath of God Version; which is really the second item in the example volume but the first one which will actually be published) gives us a view of how this book will look when it is published. This is the fully translated Old Testament book. This is a new translation of the Bible that is available in Modern English for free. We started with the World English Bible as a base for our translation. This is partly due to the fact that is in the public domain and already is an update to the American Standard Version. This takes a lot of the work of updating the ASV out of the equation and allows us to simply look at the words on the page. This does NOT make the BOGV simply a word for word copy of the WEB (as you can see if you read it) it simply means the WEB was our starting point and we have since diverged with their translation.
- There is another project which grows out of the finished BOGV and it is The Holy Bible: Breath of God Reader’s Edition. This is a special edition of the BOGV without Chapter Numbers, Verse Numbers, or footnotes. It is laid out to look as if it were simply a book to read. This is done because of the love of books that a few of our editors have and their wish for the Bible to return to being a book that people want to read.
- For the next item we have the reason this whole project got started. While one translational/editorial team was working on the above projects, another was working on The Breath of God: the Bible Paraphrased. This is the beginning of this project and it has not been forgotten. This project dealt with comparing and contrasting as many versions of the book as humanly possible in order to take that information and make a paraphrase of the English Bible. This is not a paraphrase of a version of the Bible, but of as many as we could get our hands on (and thanks to sites like You Version, Bible Gateway, and Bible Hub this was a lot of versions).
- The fifth and final version of this project is the Breath of God Study Bible. This is a study bible to rival those put out by Crossways, Zondervan and Holman. Our goal with this is not to compete in the study bible market but to give a study bible to the world that is available for free and easy to use. In the Breath of God Study Bible there are comprehensive and in depth introductions to each book as well as two types of study notes: General Study Notes which refer to the passage on the page, and Accent Notes which refer to a theme, idea, or interesting information that is presented in the text. This Study Bible also has the Breath of God Version and the Breath of God Paraphrase in parallel on the page so that you can refer from to the other. This is there to hopefully give easy access to difficult passages. We are also pleased to announce that we have partnered with Believe Better Ministries on the Study Bible and they have gracious provided the study notes.
This is the breath of God Project Part 2. With this we have finished our example volumes and will resume work on the New Testament (as you have seen in a few previous posts we have already done this). We hope you enjoy getting to see what we are planning to accomplish, but not only that, but how we are going about it as well.
Now there has been a lot of talk about doing things on this website but not many results. So we are pleased to announce we now have an example volume for Parts 1 and 2 of this project. This means we have examples from the Old and New Testament for the versions we plan to publish. Now we can show you what our plans are.
We hope that you enjoy this example and we would like for you to note that it is laid out for duplex printing. There are blank pages in the document. We apologize if this is an inconvenience, but this was an editorial decision. Thank you.