|The Voice New Testament
By Thomas Nelson
The Voice is a unique retelling of the Holy Scriptures using the best minds of this emerging generation of Christian leaders. Together they are helping young people fall in love with the Bible all over again. By highlighting the beauty of God’s communication to His people, the voice of God is heard here as clearly as when He first revealed His truth to the apostolic church. This is the first-ever complete New Testament in The Voice translation. Writers include Chris Seay, Lauren Winner, Brian McLaren, Greg Garrett, David B. Capes, and others.
This modern day translation of the New Testament does a great job of telling the story. Overall, I enjoy this version. However, I did not enjoy the New Testament version as much as I did the Psalms. In general, the authors/translators do a great job of presenting Scripture in an easy to understand text while staying true.
I did struggle as I was reading some of Paul’s writings where instead of referring to Jesus the text continually referenced “Liberator” or “Liberating King.” I found that mildly annoying and distracting. On the flip side as I was reading through Luke I enjoyed how they presented Jesus’ conversations with the Pharisees and others. I have oftentimes gotten “lost” on who was saying what in other translations. Here it is very straight forward easy follow.
I would not recommend this translation to the “serious” Bible student because of the extras the authors added in hopes of making it easier to understand.
I would recommend this translation for someone who may be new to the church or for devotional reading. In the future I plan to utilize this text for reading through the Bible in a year.
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