EVD - 1989
English Version for the Deaf
(Easy-to-Read Version)
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This version has been prepared to meet the special needs of the deaf. Whether it is published as the English Version for the Deaf or the Easy-to-Read Version, the text is the same. Hearing persons learn English largely through oral conversation. However, for the deaf, this experience with language is severely limited. Children, people who learn English as a foreign language, and many others face similar difficulties in reading. This specialized English version is designed to help such people overcome or avoid the most common obstacles to reading with understanding.

One of the basic ideas that guided the work on this version was that good translation is good communication. The main concern of the translators was always to communicate to the reader the message of the Biblical writers as effectively and as naturally as the original writings did to people in that time. The translators worked to convey to their special audience the meaning of the Biblical text in a form that would be simple and natural. There are several special features used to aid understanding.

Baker Book House (1989)

[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Genesis 1: 1, 2

God made the sky and earth. At first, the sky was completely empty; nothing was on the earth. Darkness covered the ocean, and God's Spirit moved over the water.


John 1: 1 - 3

Before the world began, the Word was there. The Word was there with God. The Word was God. He was there with God in the beginning. All things were made through him (the Word). Nothing was made without him.

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