The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament

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by Ecclesia Bible Society, Thomas Nelson

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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

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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

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"This first-ever complete New Testament in The Voice aao translation" seeks clarity and relevance but tends to obscure. It retains chapter and verse divisions but introduces a great deal of "explanatory" interpolations in italics while setting "dialog" in "screenplay format." There are also text boxes with further interpretation, all making for a baffling mixture of old and new, nearly unreadable to the experienced eye-one hesitates to think what an iPod user might make of it.

—Graham Christian

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful way to read the New Testament. The idea of the writers was to have the scholars and writers work together to create a translation that was faithful and accurate to the original languages while at the same time beautiful and readable to the English speaking audience. I am no scholar or writer, but they have achieved their goal in my book. In between the verses of the 1st chapter of Matthew which tells of Jesus' geneology, The Voice adds comments between some of the verses about Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba. I like that. It explains in a short paragraph who Herod was when the angel told Joseph to move his family to Egypt. When they moved back to Bethlehem Herod had died and his oldest son was now ruling Judea. Again there is a short explanation describing this son and why Joseph decided to settle in Nazareth instead. And of course this was also a fulfillment of prophecy. And I love Romans 8:28: 'We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.' I do not believe this is adding to or taking away from God-breathed scripture, but rather enhancing and explaining the Bible into beautiful language that speaks to me. I can't wait to read more.
Hotdogsandmarmalade More than 1 year ago
When I first received a copy of The Voice, I said, “My biggest complaint about The Voice is that I didn't get two copies. I want to share it, but I want to enjoy it myself.” I succumbed. I gave my hard copy away when I saw that could get another free copy from Booksneeze, a bloggers book review program that does not require me to write a positive review. My original copy went to the pastor of the church we attend. If you’re hoping for a serious study Bible, you’ll be disappointed. Honestly, though, aren’t there a gazillion study Bibles out there? If you’re looking for a strict translation of the Bible, you’ll probably be disappointed, too. There are literal translations out there. Go find of those. If you’re looking for a Bible that draws you into the story, puts you right there when Jesus heals the blind man, or when the woman touches the hem of his garment, you’ll love it. The Voice is meant to bring the Bible to life, to tell the story the way a storyteller would, or a troubadour, relishing the beauty of the story itself as well as the words used to tell it. Those who contributed to The Voice were not just Biblical scholars, but were poets, musicians, and storytellers. If you can’t tell, I love it. Absolutely love it.
steveopinions More than 1 year ago
The Voice New Testament: revised & updated is a narrative of the New Testament. But to totally appreciate this version of the Bible one needs to read the preface first. You will find the four major objectives in the preface which will lead you to the understanding on how this translation is unique from other translations. Another item in the introduction is 4 daily reading plans. These include the Christmas, Easter, read thru the New Testament in 24 weeks and personal growth reading. This is a very nice way of using The Voice New Testament Bible. The best part of this Bible is the explanation of the verses you have just read. The flow of this is smooth and you do not need to do to the bottom of the page as a footnote to understand the background of the verses you just read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered it and I have enjoyed it, very easy to follow, would love to have it in large print for my husband
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onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
To review The Voice (New Testament only), I read portions of the New Testament alongside my current Bible, the NASB, for clarity and accurateness. I came away very pleased with this version. They explain that The Voice is a combination of word-for-word and thought-for-thought, of which I usually fall into the word-for-word. The fact that this is not a gender neutral version appeals to me, as well as the fact that they don’t use today’s trendy language. Their goal was to “capture the beauty and brutal honesty of the Scriptures in a language that is timeless and enduring.” I believe they have accomplished that. I enjoyed the Screenplay format in the Gospels, as it brought out nuances I wouldn’t have thought of before. In Matthew 26, it states that Caiaphas ‘screeched’ when Jesus spoke of Who He was and His glory with God. Screeched, although I’ve never read it before in the Bible, made me think of demons screeching over the power of God. They are, after all who Jesus was making an open display of and conquering. It gave me a new perspective. Some of the aspects included are: Retelling the Bible not simply in words but also meaning and experience Recapturing the passion, grit, humor and beauty that have been lost in other translations in order to foster spiritual growth and theological explorations out of a heart for the mission of the Church and to worship God Collage of compelling narrative, poetry, song, truth and wisdom– reading the story of God with your whole heart, soul and mind They include four ways to Step into the Story: Readings for Advent Readings for Lent and Easter Read the New Testament in 24 weeks Daily readings for personal growth Each book has its own introduction. I love the extra ‘delineated material that expands the theme of the reading, which is disclosed in a second (deep mustard) color that includes cultural, historical, theological or devotional thoughts to enhance your knowledge.’ This further clarifies information pertinent to that portion of Scripture that gives a deeper meaning to the context. The end of The Voice Bible includes: Topical guide to the notes The titles of Jesus Let The Voice ‘reach, touch, change, move, teach, surprise, heal, inspire, humble and transform you!’ Will this version take the place of my current Bible? Probably not, but it certainly will enhance my understanding of the New Testament in ways never done before! For some of you, this will be your Bible of choice. (It comes in the complete New and Old Testament, but I only have the New Testament.) The purpose of reading the Bible is to grow in Christ as a believer. This version can help you do that! This Bible was provided by Julie Belschner of Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
ChristyProject More than 1 year ago
I was so excited by this new resource, but I must confess, I wasn't that impressed. I began by reading the Gospel of Luke and found the story-telling was so simple that it left me wanting to read the version in my own Bible to see what it was they were leaving out. I then decided to try and see what a letter would be like, so I began reading through Ephesians. The translation was so different from what I'm used to that I felt like I was reading something different, which could be a good thing, but to me felt weird. Were they taking too many liberties with the translation? At the end of each section there was a commentary on what was being said. The commentary was so basic, I felt like they thought I must be Bible illiterate. This probably would be a great resource for new believers or those who just want to experience the New Testament in a new way, but I was hoping to go a lot deeper and learn a lot more than I did.
SMorrison01 More than 1 year ago
The Voice is an interesting Bible, it reads like a story. While I don't recommend this Bible for in-depth study it is great for new believers or even devotional reading. The purpose of this Bible was for the New Testament to read as a story and it does just that. The speaker identification and resources throughout the text make this Bible very easy to follow. The language of this Bible is simplistic yet it is this simplicity that aids in the reader being able to fully comprehend the text. Overall, I am very pleased with this Bible and would be happy to recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fresh way of reading the same Bible stories. I received this book through the Booksneeze program and am under no obligation to give a positive review.
gadfly1974 More than 1 year ago
Bible translation is a full space, with many different translations based on a variety of different philosophies. Every Bible I’ve read falls somewhere on a continuum, between a word-by-word translation with a focus on literal accuracy and paraphrases that capture the flavor and flow of the Biblical narrative. The Voice is a completely different Bible-reading experience. As its name implies, this version is intended to be experienced as a read-aloud. The audio recording of The Voice’s Book of Revelation emphasizes the strengths of this artistic rendering of the gospel message. However, I would not recommend it for daily study. The Voice is a unique, artistic experience. Many sections are written in script form, with cues for various readers. Additionally, there are many additions in italics which are intended to add to the flow of the reading, but are distracting in print. If you would like to experience the New Testament in a completely new and unique way, while reading it aloud, I give this version my highest recommendation. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
is for you. I am absolutely in love with this translation. This is the entire New Testament, and the verses are still very true to the original translation of the Bible, but are written in a much easier, understandable format. There is a short introduction at the beginning of each chapter, with a biography on the book, how it was named, or the person who is credited with writing it. The text of the chapters itself is written as if you are reading a play - the speaker of each statement is noted before the verse, and there are short sidenotes on the pages to help understand what is happening, or to define phrases or words that may be unfamiliar. This is a great way to better understand the traditional Bible, in a way that stays true to the Bible. I loved it. I would give this a 5/5. Awesome.
PastorMom2 More than 1 year ago
I love this fresh, new translation of the New Testament. Can't wait for the Old Testament to be released! I especially appreciate the insertion of historical commentary and the formatting of dialog in a drama form. Very useful to worship planners as well as Bible study groups. I have both the hard copy and the Nook version. My only disappointments are that the print in the hard copy is small and faint for these old eyes and that the Nook version is difficult to navigate for finding specific chapter and verse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult to navigate cannot get to specific book/chapter from contents page!
I-love-to-read More than 1 year ago
the Voice is a grand way to read scripture. I found the format to be almost play-like. In fact, I would recommend it to anyone wanting to produce a play based on the New Testament. It does take a while to get used to the layout but once you grasp that it is a good read. However, I do not have an E reader and so I got the actual book. The writing in it is quite small and squinty. I found it an effort to read the fine print. It is too bad because this detracts from the interesting layout and of course the fine story of scripture itself....
judycevans More than 1 year ago
For this new translation of the New Testament, the Ecclesia Bible Society brought together pastors, poets, scholars, musicians and other contributors. This translation seeks to enrich and deepen our understanding of the New Testament. Screenplay format, italicized historical notes, and suggestions for daily devotionals and study add fresh insight into Scripture. I found this translation engaging and valuable, but at first I found the book's structure a bit awkward. For example, I found it difficult to transition between the actual text and the added insights. However, after I got used to the format, I found that the translation deepened my understanding of the New Testament. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a greater understanding of the cultural and historical realities of the New Testament. I received my free copy of The Voice New Testament from Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze, in exchange for this review. I was not obligated to provide a positive review; all opinions expressed in this review are my own.
kellkri More than 1 year ago
Recently, I had the chance to review "The Voice, New Testament", a step into the story of scripture. Upon looking at the book it is hard to tell what the difference between this bible and all of the rest would really be, but difference there is. This bible is written in story form, almost as if you were reading a play. It announces who the speaker is and then what they are speaking. There are also special sections throughout which delve deeper into what is going on during that particular section and even defines some situations and words for the reader. I have to honestly say that I have enjoyed reading from this bible, it is easy to read and to follow. There have been a few times just lately, when I found myself stumped by the scripture lessons for the week and ran to this bible for some inspiration and found just that. It places familar verses in a new light, and it is easier to draw a mental picture of what was taking place when you can see who is speaking the words you are reading. I would for sure recommend this to anyone who is wanting to the read the bible, but finding the more traditional versions hard to read. It also would be good for younger readers who might have trouble reading for more wordy translations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far my most favorite copy of the bible. When I first started reading it, I went WOW! I absolutely fell in love with this bible. It's easy to understand and explains everything. It's neatly written, layed out, and is just plain great. There is just something about how this bible was written that I love. Maybe it's the way the words were set up, but I just absolutely love reading it. I thank Thomas Nelson for putting together such a great bible and I thank God for letting me be able to receive this bible. I'm really thankful that I got the chance to read it.
ministerdoc More than 1 year ago
The Voice Bible is a very easy to understand translation of the New Testament. It¿s broken down so even a small child or teenager can understand it word for word. even though it¿s without illustrations, it reads almost like a movie script or play . Telling who said what in the also has intresting footnotes and a nice topical guide. truly a different kind of approach to reading the word of god,but it works quite well. i would reccomend this to a new convert,or pre teen ,or teenager. it¿s worth the read .
kwaub More than 1 year ago
I recently received a copy of "The Voice, New Testament, Step into the Story of Scripture" and I really was not that impressed with this version. To me this Bible was trying to be, I really hate to say this, politically correct. I really didn't like the layout of this bible, there are many versions out there to me (ESV, NIV, NKJ) that are really easy to understand and this was basically like a story type Bible. I also didn't like how they changed some of the best know versions in the New Testament to try and make them more understandable, verses like John 3:16 and Philippians 4:13 are already easy to understand, so why change them? Overall as you can tell I would not recommend this to anyone. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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 Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
jbrewer More than 1 year ago
I recently reviewed a new version of the bible out. It was a New Testament only. I am a go to KJV final answer only person. I have never seen a bible on the market like this one before. It takes you into it like a story. It takes each verse and tells it in story format. It even tells who is saying the verse. Its a very different version of the bible and I have never seen one like it. It kind of makes me feel as though I am reading it as a play. I would not use it as my final answer on matters and verses,but I do like how it tells the verse like a story and helps you understand what it is talking about,and a great book for reference,but like I said I still go to the KJV Bible for final answer and verses but I am not opposed to reading other versions to understand what it is saying. Overall it is a nice one if you just want to understand exactly what they are saying. Received this book free from booksneeze for my honest review
MastersQuill More than 1 year ago
I've been reading and studying various translations/versions of the Bible since 1965, beginning with King James. I always get new versions to see if they are worth reading and The Voice is the latest in my collection. I like it already for it's style, simplicity, and various "boxed helps." I enjoy the fresh variations of tried and true verses. You will not be disappointed with this one. Open your mind and allow the Holy Spirit to touch you in a new way as you take in your favorite sections.
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kaligirl121 More than 1 year ago
I currently read two different translations of the bible and reference another. I like to read different perspectives and verbiage... it's just helpful when studying the Word. The Voice is an easy-to-read book format of the bible. In no way would I read this as my sole bible source but I do think it is useful as a companion. I would definitely recommend Nelson's translation to those that are already students of the bible as well as newcomers. I think everyone would glean fresh insights as well as question formerly held opinions.
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cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
Everytime I pick up my copy of The Voice New Testament I uncover something new and enlightening. It seems that passages of the Bible that I have read many times over are brought down to me in a conversational tone. Although not my main study Bible, I really love my The Voice New Testament. I highly recommend it for an addition to anyone's Bible library. It is a great place to go for worship within the pages of the New Testament to continue a dialogue with the scripture and get just a little bit more out of it. "The goal is to create the finest Bible products to help believers experience the joy and wonder of God's revelation. " I fully think that the team behind The Voice New Testament at Thomas Nelson accomplished their goal. The Voice is a different kind of New Testament, but it is indeed "faithful and fresh".
thesachsgirl More than 1 year ago
I've recently signed up with BookSneeze from Thomas Nelson. This is a really neat program that allows bloggers to receive free or advance copies of books in exchange for a review posted on their blog and a retail site. When I first heard of this I was skeptical that I could make it work. I blog sporadically at best (which you've noticed if you read either of the blogs I write) and not only am I a full time student, but a mom, I work out of the home, and I'm actively involved in my church. Hmmm, was this possible? I read a little more and decided to give it a shot! Here goes. The first book I have received is, "The Voice New Testament." It is a new translation that was undertaken by Thomas Nelson Publishers and Ecclesia Bible Society. It presents the New Testament in a screenplay format, with explanations of certain texts and also provides italic type to give explanations of parts which would have been clear to the original recipients. The Voice was put together by not only Biblical scholars, but writers, musicians, and other artists to retell the Bible in a new way. I would not call this a Study Bible, but simply a new tool to use when reading the Bible. When I received this title I was not sure what to expect. Therefore Ispent a lot of time not only reading the text, but comparing to other translations and study materials I have in order to see that Biblical Truth was presented. It definitely was. The Voice was very easy and enjoyable to read. The screenplay format it makes it very easy for someone unfamiliar with the New Testament to clearly understand who is speaking and who they are speaking to. I know for some people who are first reading the Bible that can be confusing. While it was a very good read, I could not recommend that this be the only Bible someone would have or use. When studying the Bible you need more than just a good story, you need the meat of Scripture. The message is there, but because of the presentation it is more of a casual read than a true study tool. I would definitely recommend this Bible to anyone. I would just recommend that they have a good Study Bible at hand as well. 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 Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."