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Download ULT & UST - unfoldingWord Literal Text & unfoldingWord Simplified Text

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Latest update of unfoldingWord Literal Text and unfoldingWord Simplified Text had been imported into https://marvel.bible

The e-Sword modules made available on this page are using the same sets of exported data.

I am aware of old data of Unlocked Dynamic Bible was already available at biblesupport.com.

I would like to provide the latest updates here.

unfoldingWord Literal Text (formerly known as Unlocked Literal Bible)

An open-licensed update of the ASV, intended to provide a ‘form-centric’ understanding of the Bible. It increases the translator’s understanding of the lexical and grammatical composition of the underlying text by adhering closely to the word order and structure of the originals.

The unfoldingWord Literal Text is intended to be used together with the unfoldingWord Simplified Text to provide a more robust view of both the form and function of the original texts.

License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Source & Original Word at: https://git.door43.o...-Catalog/en_ult

unfoldingWord Simplified Text (formerly known as Unlocked Dynamic Bible)

An open-licensed translation, intended to provide a ‘functional’ understanding of the Bible. It increases the translator’s understanding of the text by translating theological terms as descriptive phrases.


The unfoldingWord Simplified Text is intended to be used together with the unfoldingWord Literal Text to provide a more robust view of both the form and function of the original texts.

License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Source & Original Word at: https://git.door43.o...-Catalog/en_ust


As an update of the ASV it is quite similar to the better known WEB.  The WEB generally uses a Byzantine text type for the Greek text base, but the ULT uses a text of the UBS 4 text type.  The Door43 website says they have in progress "An open-licensed, lexically tagged, morphologically parsed critical Greek New Testament with full apparatus", but I did not see it explicitly stated whether that--being "in progress"-- was used for the base NT text of the ULT.  As of 24 Apr 2020, the Greek apparatus does not seem to show that the Byzantine text does not include "and this is what we are."  The Robinson-Pierpont Greek text gives a better apparatus at this point in time.
 

The ULT stays pretty literal but does sometimes insert words without marking, such as Isa 3:4 "I will place mere youths as their leaders", which probably captures the thought well, but "mere" is not supported by a Hebrew word and in the ULT is not italicized or in brackets.

Or again, 2Ki 23:29  "In his days, Pharaoh Necho, king of Egypt, went to fight against the king of Assyria at the Euphrates River. King Josiah went to meet Necho in battle, and Necho killed him at Megiddo. Here the Hebrew just says "he killed him" and the NASB and NKJV (but not the NIV, WEB or ULT) place "Necho" in italics; here the LEB, KJV, LITV give the literal "he killed him", which is accurate, but confusing until you read v.30 and realize who got killed. Here the LXX Greek reads "Necho killed him", giving support to leaving the text unmarked, although a note of explanation that it translates the LXX rather than the Hebrew would be appropriate.  The Door43 site has a free set of translation notes available, but it does not mention this issue in 2Ki 23:29.

 

That said, I would say it is quite readable for a "literal" version and I rather like it, and with the help of DBbrowser or other sqlite editor, one can fix the parts one objects to ... ; it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.  But if one doesn't want to change it, the LEB or LITV may be slightly more literal and are freely available.

 

The Door43 website says the ULT should be used along with the UST to guide translation into other languages.  The UST is designed to reword the English in such a way that complex verb forms like pluperfect are not used but rather the text is expressed in conceptual sequence, since other languages may not have these kinds of complex verb forms.  Also, the UST adds text to explain cultural matters understood in the Biblical culture, but which would not be understood by cultures unfamiliar with, say, the OT sacrificial system.  So in Luk 5:14 UST reads: Then Jesus told him, "Make sure that you do not tell people about your healing immediately. First, go to a priest in Jerusalem and show yourself to him so that he can examine you and see that you no longer have leprosy. Also take to the priest the offering that Moses commanded that people who have been healed from leprosy should offer."  To my opinion, it is unfortunate that they do not italicize or bracket the added text.  This is essentially why Door43 advises using the UST along with the ULT.  Reading the UST may give one a new sense of clarity of the meaning of the narrative, but I would not use it for verse memorization.

 

 


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