The Bible In Basic English (also known as BBE) is a translation of the Bible using Basic English. The BBE was translated by Professor S. H. Hooke using what is the standard 850 Basic English words. 100 words that are helpful to understand poetry were also added along with 50 "Bible" words for a total of 1,000 words. This version of the Bible is effective in communicating the Word of GOD to those with limited education,reading difficulties or where English is a second language. The New Testament was released in 1941 and the Old Testament subsequently was released in 1949..