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The Common English Bible (or CEB) is a translation of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, including the deuterocanonical books, that began in late 2008. The translation is sponsored by the Christian Resources Development Corporation, which is a joint project with several denominations. According to the CEB website, the translation will be used for worship and teaching in United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Episcopal, United Methodist, Lutheran, Disciples of Christ, and Baptist churches.[1]

The CEB is intended to be an accessible, "emotionally evocative" Bible using dynamic equivalence methodology rather than a wooden, "literal" translation. It will be aimed at a 7th-8th grade reading level. The translation is being done by teams of well-qualified biblical scholars including Tremper Longman, David DeSilva, David L. Petersen, Beverly Gaventa, Gail O'Day, Cynthia Westfall, and Joel Green. Translators come from 22 denominations or faith communities, representing Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars. Reading groups in 12 denominations are providing feedback to the translators[2].

The CEB is scheduled to be finished in 2011. In late 2009 the text of the Gospel of Matthew was issued for download in .pdf format[3].


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