Bible in Basic English

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Bible in Basic English
Full nameBible in Basic English
NT published1941
AuthorshipS. H. Hooke (ed.)
Textual basisHebrew / Greek
Version revision1965
PublisherCambridge University Press
At the first God made the heaven and the earth. And the earth was waste and without form; and it was dark on the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God was moving on the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.

The Bible In Basic English (also known as BBE) is a translation of the Bible into Basic English. The BBE was translated by Professor S. H. Hooke using the standard 850 Basic English words. 100 words that were helpful to understand poetry were added along with 50 "Bible" words for a total of 1,000 words. This version is effective in communicating the Bible to those with limited education or where English is a second language. The New Testament was released in 1941 and the Old Testament was released in 1949.[1]

The Bible is still in copyright in the UK and the US. It was published with the copyright notice "Copyrighted in the United States of America by E.P. Dutton & Co,. New York."[citation needed]

Although it has been reported that the Bible was published by Cambridge Press in England without any copyright notice and distributed in the US, falling into the Public Domain according to the UCC convention of that time.[2]

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  1. ^ Metzger, Bruce M. (2001). The Bible in Translation: Ancient and English Versions. Baker Books. pp. 163–164. ISBN 978-1-58558-349-2.
  2. ^ ""BBE License Info"".

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