NetBible

Some of my NET Bible History

I began my graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary in Fall of 1993. It wasn’t long before I began to hear through the grapevine about Bible.org and the NET Bible. What struck me were two aspects of the project: its distribution model and its quality.

I began my graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary in Fall of 1993. It wasn’t long before I began to hear through the grapevine about Bible.org and the NET Bible. What struck me were two aspects of the project: its distribution model and its quality.

As all our readers know, the NET Bible was commissioned to create a faithful Bible translation that could be placed on the Internet, downloaded for free, and used around the world for ministry. The NET Bible copyright allows readers to print hard copies of the text and distribute them for free. This was a new way of publishing the Bible that no one had heard of or perhaps even thought about before. As a student who wanted to see God’s Word made available to as many people as possible, this was an exciting project.

In addition to the distribution model, the quality of the project was astounding. Here were world-class scholars creating a fresh translation of the Hebrew and Greek text of scripture. They were unfettered by space and paper limitations and could include information that traditional Bibles could not. Instead of creating a static translation, the project envisioned a translation which could readily be updated with the best scholarship, ensuring that it was accurate and reliable continually. This was an exciting approach to translation.

I began working on the NET Bible part time soon after it began, and I went full time on the project in late summer of 1997. I was excited about the project then, and I’m still excited about it now.