The Voice Bible, “Step into the Story of Scripture”
This new translation from Thomas Nelson is incredible! The subtitle says it all, by reading Scripture presented in this narrative format, one is completely immersed into the dialogue of biblical characters.
I first saw a copy of The Voice at a local Goodwill store. Noticing it to be a new translation in great shape, I flipped through the New Testament and was amazed at how reader friendly the page layout was and thought the use of commentary, summaries, and introductions.
Perhaps one of the most obvious differences between The Voice and other translations is that the Voice displays character communication as one would read in a script. For example, here’s an excerpt from the Gospel of John chapter 5:
Disabled Man: 7Kind Sir, I wait, like all of these people, for the waters to stir; but I cannot walk. If I am to be healed in the waters, someone must carry me into the pool. Without a helping hand, someone else beats me to the water’s edge each time it is stirred. Jesus: 8Stand up, carry your mat, and walk. (Ecclesia Bible Society. The Voice Bible (Kindle Locations 74090-74094). Thomas Nelson).
I gave the copy of The Voice I picked up that day at Goodwill to a friend who prefers more of a free translation of Scripture rather than formal equivalence, and to my knowledge she has enjoyed reading it. Since then however I have been on the hunt to get another copy of The Voice. Finally I was able to download an electronic version to my Kindle and I am grateful for all the bonus material in both front and back matter that Nelson Bibles provides.
I have a mentor in ministry that is very missionally focused. As an international and interdenominational church consultant he often gets asked what his favorite translation of the Bible is. He told me that whenever he is asked this, he answers honestly by saying “the most current one”. By staying current with the translation of Scripture he is able to communicate more effectively with both the culturally unchurched and churches trying to reach the next generation of people for Christ. I highly recommend The Voice for other missionally minded people wanting to stay current, pastors and new believers alike.
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