Translators benefit from viewing multiple resources and can be inspired by seeing the way difficult concepts and idioms are handled. Paratext has more than 1,300 Bible translations and Biblical resources available for any Paratext user, and over 1,900 resources for approved Bible translators.
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 has the option 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 shared, this resource immediately becomes available to Paratext users who are members of a translation organization or are independent translators. To date, approved Bible translators have access to over 1,900 Bible translations and Biblical resources!
If you do Bible translation into an under-resourced language, you’ll find an excellent set of resources in Paratext to help you succeed, including:
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 the DBL’s Get Involved page.