The Common English Bible is unique among Bible translations in that the labor-intensive process was not linear but a matrix, using advances in Internet technology to oversee multiple components, drafts, revisions, and reviews in approximately 400 overlapping and concurrent stages covering the Old Testament, New Testament, and Apocrypha.
Common English Bible Translation Timeline
o January: Translation needs-assessment begins.
o July: Needs-assessment and translation plan is completed.
o November: Common English Bible Committee is formed.
o November: Common English Bible Editorial Board is formed.
o March: Translators are selected and begin work.
o March: Reading groups are selected.
o August: First drafts begin to be received
o Half of translation drafts are received.
o Reading groups continue to review translation drafts.
o March 21: New Testament editing is completed.
o June: Remaining translation drafts received.
o August: New Testament is published in digital and print form.
o March 22: Final editing of the Common English Bible New Testament, Old
Testament, and Apocrypha is completed.
o June: Complete Bible is published in digital form.
o July/August: Complete Bible is published in print form.
o August: Bible Map Guide is published in print form.
o November: Bible Dictionary to be published in print form.
o December: Daily Companion Bible to be published in print form.
o January: Reference Bible to be published in print form.
o March: Church/pew Bibles and Gift & Award Bibles to be published.
o August: Children’s Bible to be published in print form.
2013 and beyond
o Fall 2013: Study Bible to be published in print form.
o Women’s, Teen, Audio, and Specialty Bibles will release gradually.
I've never been made aware of all the ins and outs of putting together a new Bible translation; I find it utterly fascinating! I hope you do, too!