The Voice New Testament
The Voice is a modern retelling of the New Testament. As mentioned in the preface, "The heart of the project is retelling the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works, yet remaining painstakingly true to the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts." In addition to the translated words of Scripture, The Voice adds words to help complete ideas, expansions on the themes in the text, and a screenplay format for dialogue. There are several reading plans included at the beginning for readings for Advent, readings for Lent and Easter, reading through the New Testament in 24 weeks, and daily readings for personal growth.
I absolutely loved The Voice. I'm not quite sure how to describe the way the translation flows and makes reading so smooth, but here is a try. In high school (at a Christian school), I had a Bible teacher who knew some Hebrew and Greek. We used the King James version in class, so that everyone would have the same translation. But, when he read aloud, he would read and commentate as he read. So, he would read through a few verses. Then he would say, "In the Greek, this is better translated as..." Or he would stop and add some background information to the reading. It made the Bible come alive for us. The Voice does the same. I can just imagine sitting at the feet of a great Bible teacher and listening to God's Word being read and explained.
I would love to see a print version of The Voice. My Kindle version- on the original Kindle - is black and white. And according to the introduction, the various parts of the reading would be in different colors to better clarify what is translation and what is added commentary. I would also love to read through the Old Testament books in the language of The Voice. I can imagine that it would make the history of the Bible come alive.
I strongly recommend this one for every reader. I give it 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.