Starting with Paratext 8, Biblical resources can be downloaded directly in Paratext by using the Download/Install Resources… menu item. Resources can be downloaded from the Internet (using the Digital Bible Library), or installed from a local source.
Translators benefit from viewing multiple resources and can be inspired by seeing the way difficult concepts and idioms are handled. To facilitate this, Paratext has been given special status in the Digital Bible Library. When a new Scripture text is uploaded to the library, the owner of the text is asked if they would be willing to share the text as a resource for Bible translators who have agreed to follow the guidelines put forth by the Forum of Bible Translation Agencies International (FOBAI). If the box is checked, this resource immediately becomes available to them if they are registered users of Paratext who have been accepted through an organization or as independent translators. To date, Bible translators have access to over 1,400 resource texts that have been shared with them in this way!
If you do Bible translation into an under-resourced language, you’ll find an excellent set of resources in Paratext to help you succeed:
Whenever resources are updated, those updates become available for download in Paratext.
Who Can Access These Resources?
Resources are licensed in one of three ways:
*The license numbers in parentheses refer to the DBL licensing agreement that the rightsholder chooses when making texts available to Paratext users. They are encouraged to make their resources available to all vetted translators.
Text Resources are safeguarded so that they are not shared beyond the terms of the license.
If you have any resources that would benefit those who are translating Scripture into other languages, we encourage you to share them through the Digital Bible Library. When uploading to the DBL, you may select the option to share the text with Paratext users who abide by FOBAI standards.
For more information about contributing content to the DBL, please consult https://thedigitalbiblelibrary.org/get-involved/