Monday, April 23, 2012

The New Voice Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishers

A little while ago, I received The Voice New Testament Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers and the E-book version from Booksneeze to review.  This Bible is a whole new translation not based on any other previous translation.   It was translated by Ecclesia Bible Society and included 27 Bible scholars, 51 writers, and 36 others contributors. The Voice is written in a dialogue form rather than just chapter and verses.  Each Book has an introduction and the following verses are written in story form having the name of the speaker before the verse so you know who is talking.  For example, Jesus is listed at the beginning of John 3:10 because He is the speaker for the next 11 verses.

Below is a sample of translation of John 3:16:
"For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life."

The introduction to this Bible has several lists for Readings to Celebrate Advent or Lent and Easter.  There is also a schedule for reading the New Testament in 24 weeks and 40 days of readings for personal growth.

I think that this translation is really unique in how it is written in story form.  I think the translation is well done and would be a benefit as a study companion Bible to be used with a literal translation Bible like NASB or ESV.  This Bible would lend itself well to dramatic presentational readings of Scripture since the speakers are well identified.  The Bible is well laid out in structure and content on the pages and it is easily read and understood since it is written in the language that we use in our current culture.  I would recommend this Bible as a good study companion to your literal translations.

***I received this free paperback Bible from Thomas Nelson publishers and the free e-book version from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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