Copyright (c) Timothy E. Clontz 1999. All rights reserved.
The Common Edition: New Testament
The Common Edition is the result of a decade long study of the New Testament and numerous English translations in the modern church. The goals for this edition are:
1) To be accurate to the Greek Scriptures and yet highly
2) To balance traditional wording with modern English, and
3) To reflect the standard Christian understanding and wording of the New Testament.
The purpose of these goals is to create a standardized New
Testament for the modern English reader.
There are two ways to create a standardized text. The first way is to create a text of such surpassing scholarship and expression that it practically eliminates the use of other editions for decades or perhaps centuries. The second way is to isolate what the most widely used editions have in common, eliminate what they do not have in common, and place the results in a single text.
The King James Version succeeded in both of these two ways.
Over the past hundred years there have been numerous attempts to create a new English standard Bible. Each of these attempts has sought to produce a standardized edition in the first way I have described. The Common Edition New Testament follows the second method.
A standardized edition of any work seeks a balance between extremes. The most literally accurate version may not be the easiest to read. The most traditionally worded may not be very modern.
It cannot have a target audience; what is best for preachers and theologians may not be best for the daily devotional reader.
Finally, a standardized edition cannot be innovative. One reviewer gave me the highest compliment I could receive when he said, "there's nothing new about it!"
I hope that readers will find in these pages exactly what they would expect from a standardized edition, and that no matter what versions they have used in the past, they will find something familiar here.
This initial release into the public domain is intended for free distribution. The text itself is copyrighted, with the following provisions:
1) The Common Edition: New Testament may be copied and
distributed in electronic or printed form for free.
2) It may be bound or downloaded for personal use or for a gift.
3) It may not be sold by anyone other than the editor.
4) The text may not be altered.
5) No more than 10,000 words may be included in a document published for sale without the express written permission of the editor.
6) No more than 20% of a document published for sale may be quoted from this edition without the express written permission of the editor.
7) All distributions of the Common Edition, and all documents which quote the Common Edition, must contain the following copyright notice: Common Edition New Testament, Copyright (c) Timothy E. Clontz 1999. All rights reserved.
If you find a phrase or word which is unclear, or which you believe needs review, please email the editor at email@example.com.
Although it is not appropriate to dedicate a New Testament to
any individual, the editor would like to give his gratitude to the many
people who have labored to preserve this text. Those who penned the
autographs often faced ridicule or death. Nameless monks sleep in the
dust, who faithfully copied one manuscript to another down through the
centuries. By the time of the Reformation, William Tyndale had one
wish: to make the Christian Bible available in English to the poorest
farmhand in England. For this crime he was strangled and burned at the
And then there are those who have simply loved these words enough to live by their highest ideals. Without the goodness of their lives no one would believe there to be anything Holy about a Bible. One such godly man was M. D. Barefield, who learned to read as an adult just so that he could make this word his own. My grandfather, Bill Clontz, who will always be an example for my family, gradually bought larger and larger print Bibles and finally began using the Bible on tape - just to keep the Word fresh in his heart. Such people always stay fresh in the hearts of those who have known them, and their love for God is contagious.
March 14, 1999
The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Common Edition: New Testament Copyright © Timothy E. Clontz 1999. All rights reserved. **This is a COPYRIGHTED Project Gutenberg Etext, Details Below** Please take a look at the important information in this header. We encourage you to keep this file on your own disk, keeping an electronic path open for the next readers. Please do not remove this. This should be the first thing seen when anyone opens the book. Do not change or edit it without written permission. The words are carefully chosen to provide users with the information they need about what they can legally do with the texts. **Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts** **Etexts Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971** *These Etexts Prepared By Hundreds of Volunteers and Donations* Information on contacting Project Gutenberg to get Etexts, and further information is included below. We need your donations. Information on contacting Project Gutenberg to get Etexts, and further information is included below. We need your donations. Presently, contributions are only being solicted from people in: Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, and Vermont. As the requirements for other states are met, additions to this list will be made and fund raising will begin in the additional states. These donations should be made to: Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation PMB 113 1739 University Ave. Oxford, MS 38655 Title: The Common Edition: New Testament Author: Timothy E. Clontz (translator) Copyright © Timothy E. Clontz 1999. All rights reserved. Release Date: February, 2002 [Etext #3057] Edition: 10 Language: English The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Common Edition: New Testament ******This file should be named comed10.txt or comed10.zip****** Corrected EDITIONS of our etexts get a new NUMBER, comed11.txt VERSIONS based on separate sources get new LETTER, comed10a.txt We are now trying to release all our books one year in advance of the official release dates, leaving time for better editing. Please be encouraged to send us error messages even years after the official publication date. Please note: neither this list nor its contents are final till midnight of the last day of the month of any such announcement. The official release date of all Project Gutenberg Etexts is at Midnight, Central Time, of the last day of the stated month. A preliminary version may often be posted for suggestion, comment and editing by those who wish to do so. Most people start at our sites at: http://gutenberg.net http://promo.net/pg Those of you who want to download any Etext before announcement can surf to them as follows, and just download by date; this is also a good way to get them instantly upon announcement, as the indexes our cataloguers produce obviously take a while after an announcement goes out in the Project Gutenberg Newsletter. http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/docs/books/gutenberg/etext02 or ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/docs/books/gutenberg/etext02 Or /etext01, 00, 99, 98, 97, 96, 95, 94, 93, 92, 92, 91 or 90 Just search by the first five letters of the filename you want, as it appears in our Newsletters. Information about Project Gutenberg (one page) We produce about two million dollars for each hour we work. The time it takes us, a rather conservative estimate, is fifty hours to get any etext selected, entered, proofread, edited, copyright searched and analyzed, the copyright letters written, etc. This projected audience is one hundred million readers. If our value per text is nominally estimated at one dollar then we produce $2 million dollars per hour this year as we release fifty new Etext files per month, or 500 more Etexts in 2000 for a total of 3000+ If they reach just 1-2% of the world's population then the total should reach over 300 billion Etexts given away by year's end. The Goal of Project Gutenberg is to Give Away One Trillion Etext Files by December 31, 2001. [10,000 x 100,000,000 = 1 Trillion] This is ten thousand titles each to one hundred million readers, which is only about 4% of the present number of computer users. At our revised rates of production, we will reach only one-third of that goal by the end of 2001, or about 3,333 Etexts unless we manage to get some real funding. We need your donations more than ever! Presently, contributions are only being solicted from people in: Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, and Vermont. As the requirements for other states are met, additions to this list will be made and fund raising will begin in the additional states. All donations should be made to the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and will be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Mail to: Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation PMB 113 1739 University Avenue Oxford, MS 38655 [USA] We are working with the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation to build more stable support and ensure the future of Project Gutenberg. We need your donations more than ever! You can get up to date donation information at: http://www.gutenberg.net/donation.html You can always email directly to: Michael S. Hart
firstname.lastname@example.org forwards to email@example.com and archive.org if your mail bounces from archive.org, I will still see it, if it bounces from prairienet.org, better resend later on. . . . We would prefer to send you this information by email. Example command-line FTP session: ftp ftp.ibiblio.org login: anonymous password: your@login cd pub/docs/books/gutenberg cd etext90 through etext99 or etext00 through etext02, etc. dir [to see files] get or mget [to get files. . .set bin for zip files] GET GUTINDEX.?? [to get a year's listing of books, e.g., GUTINDEX.99] GET GUTINDEX.ALL [to get a listing of ALL books] **The Legal Small Print** **Information prepared by a Project Gutenberg legal advisor** (Three Pages) ***START** SMALL PRINT! for COPYRIGHT PROTECTED ETEXTS *** TITLE AND COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Common Edition: New Testament Copyright © Timothy E. Clontz 1999. All rights reserved. This etext is distributed by the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation (the "Project") under the "Project Gutenberg" trademark with the permission of Michael Hart (trademark owner) and the etext's copyright owner. LICENSE You can (and are encouraged!) to copy and distribute this Project Gutenberg-tm etext. Since, unlike many other of the Project's etexts, it is copyright protected, and since the materials and methods you use will effect the Project's reputation, your right to copy and distribute it is limited by the copyright laws and by the conditions of this "Small Print!" statement. [A] ALL COPIES: The Project permits you to distribute copies of this etext electronically or on any machine readable medium now known or hereafter discovered so long as you: (1) Honor the refund and replacement provisions of this "Small Print!" statement; and (2) Pay a royalty to the Project of 20% of the gross profits you derive calculated using the method you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. If you don't derive profits, no royalty is due. Royalties are payable to "Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation" within the 60 days following each date you prepare (or were legally required to prepare) your annual (or equivalent periodic) tax return. [B] EXACT AND MODIFIED COPIES: The copies you distribute must either be exact copies of this etext, including this Small Print statement, or can be in binary, compressed, mark- up, or proprietary form (including any form resulting from word processing or hypertext software), so long as *EITHER*: (1) The etext, when displayed, is clearly readable, and does *not* contain characters other than those intended by the author of the work, although tilde (~), asterisk (*) and underline (_) characters may be used to convey punctuation intended by the author, and additional characters may be used to indicate hypertext links; OR (2) The etext is readily convertible by the reader at no expense into plain ASCII, EBCDIC or equivalent form by the program that displays the etext (as is the case, for instance, with most word processors); OR (3) You provide or agree to provide on request at no additional cost, fee or expense, a copy of the etext in plain ASCII. LIMITED WARRANTY; DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES This etext may contain a "Defect" in the form of incomplete, inaccurate or corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other infringement, a defective or damaged disk, computer virus, or codes that damage or cannot be read by your equipment. But for the "Right of Replacement or Refund" described below, the Project (and any other party you may receive this etext from as a PROJECT GUTENBERG-tm etext) disclaims all liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal fees, and YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE OR UNDER STRICT LIABILITY, OR FOR BREACH OF WARRANTY OR CONTRACT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF YOU GIVE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. If you discover a Defect in this etext within 90 days of receiving it, you can receive a refund of the money (if any) you paid for it by sending an explanatory note within that time to the person you received it from. If you received it on a physical medium, you must return it with your note, and such person may choose to alternatively give you a replacement copy. If you received it electronically, such person may choose to alternatively give you a second opportunity to receive it electronically. THIS ETEXT IS OTHERWISE PROVIDED TO YOU "AS-IS". NO OTHER WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ARE MADE TO YOU AS TO THE ETEXT OR ANY MEDIUM IT MAY BE ON, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some states do not allow disclaimers of implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so the above disclaimers and exclusions may not apply to you, and you may have other legal rights. INDEMNITY You will indemnify and hold the Project, its directors, officers, members and agents harmless from all liability, cost and expense, including legal fees, that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following that you do or cause:  distribution of this etext,  alteration, modification, or addition to the etext, or  any Defect. WHAT IF YOU *WANT* TO SEND MONEY EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO? Project Gutenberg is dedicated to increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be freely distributed in machine readable form. The Project gratefully accepts contributions in money, time, public domain etexts, and royalty free copyright licenses, Money should be paid to "Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." PLEASE NOTE: Presently, we can only solicit contributions in Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, and Vermont. As the requirements for other states are met, additions to this list will be made. *SMALL PRINT! Ver.07.04.00 FOR COPYRIGHT PROTECTED ETEXTS*END* The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Common Edition: New Testament Copyright © Timothy E. Clontz 1999. All rights reserved. **This is a COPYRIGHTED Project Gutenberg Etext, Details Above**