Jan 28, 2012

The Voice New Testament by Ecclesia Bible Society

The Voice™ Bible translation is a faithful dynamic translation of the Scriptures done as a collage of compelling narratives, poetry, song, truth, and wisdom. The Voice calls the reader to step into the whole story of Scripture and experience the joy and wonder of God’s revelation. Created for and by a church in great transition, The Voice uniquely represents collaboration among scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists, giving great attention to the beauty of the narrative. The heart of The Voice is retelling the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts. This translation promotes the public reading of longer sections of Scripture—followed by thoughtful engagement with the biblical narrative in its richness and fullness and dramatic flow.

This is an updated and revised version of the New Testament edition, now at an even more affordable price.

Features include:

  • Italicized information added to help contemporary readers understand what the original readers would have known intuitively
  • In-text commentary notes include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts
  • Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies
  • Book introductions

The Voice New Testament is a revised version of the Bible stories that we all love. While I still prefer my favourite NIV Bible, I enjoyed reading this new translation.

One of my favourite stories is of when Lazarus was brought back to life in John 11. The in-text or added commentary shows the following:

Once again Jesus amazes everyone around Him. How does He raise Lazarus? What kind of man can speak life into death's darkness? Throughout His time on earth, those around Him are continually surprised by Jesus. He is unique. How does He have power over death? It takes a while, but more and more His followers become convinced this is no ordinary man.

The added text is clearly identified by using visible font differences and dividing lines. The reader can easily differentiate as to what is added text or commentary. I loved the commentary and the great questions asked will definitely inspire group discussion or personal study and reflection.

I found the "screen-play' format very interesting. As the book synopsis describes, this format is ideal for public readings and group studies. The picture below shows the different sections mentioned, click to enlarge photo.

The Voice New Testament is a great translation for new believers. The added text and commentary would be very helpful for learning the context and even history of the stories. Overall, I am very impressed with The Voice, and look forward to reading more as time permits.

Disclosure: New Testament has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson. (Ebook version also received courtesy of Net Galley.)

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