Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Voice New Testament

Reading The Voice New Testament has been almost like reading the Bible with fresh eyes. In some ways it reminds me of reading a screenplay, since it clarifies who is speaking. The language has a vitality to it that is absent in some of the stricter translations, and truly brings Scripture to life. One of the highlights for me was a feature that is inserted into the text that would explain the significance of the words or events. I found it to be a very valuable asset, and it really helped me to understand what was happening and why it was important.

I also showed this to friend who has read a Bible once and thinks there is no reason to read it again. He was also impressed and has indicated that he may want to read this version. Frankly, I think it is perfect for anyone who is a new believer or one who is simply unaware of the culture and history of the people and events of the Bible. However, it is also very good for those who think they know all about the Bible.  I know that I want to get a copy of the entire Bible when The Voice Bible is released in 2012. I can't wait to read the stories in Old Testament!

As an added bonus for people like me: all personal pronouns which refer to God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit are capitalized!! :) That is just a pet peeve of mine.

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

Chris Seay on The Voice New Testament:

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Lori C said...

This looks like a great tool in helping understand the bible. For those who are fairly new to it or those who want to get more out of reading the bible, this looks like something we all could benefit from reading :)
Thank for the great review,Cindy <3

deborahseeley54 said...

Thanks for the review Cindy! I will check it out..I can always use a new perspective...: )

David Capes said...

Thanks for your review. I was the lead scholar on the project. We are interested in helping people engage scripture.

Cindy said...

David, thanks for your work on it. It is an excellent resource for those who were not raised going to church and for those who want to know more of the context. I am loving the Old Testament right now. I would love to see this as a dvd, or even a cd.