Saturday, March 6, 2010

Review: The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament is a new personal devotional Bible brought to us from Thomas Nelson Publishers.  It is the latest installment in the Voice Project, which the preface describes as “a Scripture project to rediscover the story of the Bible.”  I was excited to get the chance to check out this full-testament version as I had come across the previously released single volumes of Luke and Acts.

I found this Bible to be a pleasantly readable and beautifully written translation.  The use of scholars and creatives on the same team seems to be more than just a nod to the recent postmodern ascendance in ministry, but an honest attempt to bridge the gap from original language to English.

Among the most enjoyable aspects of the reading experience for me is the screenplay structure that identifies speakers and helps set the stage for reading.  Take this example from Luke 18:

Jesus: What do you want Me to do for you?
Blind Man: Lord, let me receive my sight.
Jesus: Receive your sight; your faith has made you well

Nice isn’t it? 

Though I wouldn’t recommend it for serious study, the Voice is a solid choice for everyday and devotional reading.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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