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The voice is the response by a team of translators and Christian creatives to the need for a Bible that speaks the Word of God in today’s words, phrases and language – a Bible that carries it’s meaning with power, even to people who’ve never picked up a Bible before. Christian poets, songwriters and authors have lined up beside real-world pastors and counsellors to make a Bible that’s both accurate in meaning and relevant in context to a wide range of new and experienced Bible readers.
The Voice gives you a full text Bible in a new translation and new a new presentation that reads like a screenplay. This makes the text practical for reading in a group or presenting in public with more than one speaker – adding interest and engagement for those taking part and for those in the audience. With many features usually found only study Bibles, the handsome volume with its distinctive jacket includes hundreds of notes, a topical index, book introductions, other helps and four different programmes to suit your reading style and available time.
Speaker identification within the text lets you know which biblical character is saying what, adding clarity to yours and your audience’s understanding. Presenting the entire Bible as the story of scripture, the team of translators, creatives and communicators invite you to step – body, mind and soul – into the whole story. Promising that the The Voice is, “A trustworthy Bible translation that reads like a novel,” it captures afresh the passion, grit humour and beauty of the original tellings, often overlooked in the more academically prepared and presented English versions of modern times.
The Voice Bible by Ecclesia Bible Society was published by Thomas Nelson in April 2012 and is our 11451st best seller. The ISBN for The Voice Bible is 9781418549015.
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The Voice Bible puts into narrative form as much as is possible in the pages of both the Old and New Testaments. Two examples:
From Genesis 18, part of Abraham’s conversation with God about Sodom and Gomorrah:
Abraham (persisting): suppose 40 are found there
Eternal One: I won’t destroy the city for the sake of 40
Abraham: Please don’t be angry Lordat my boldness. Let me ask this: what if 30are found there who are good and true? Etc.etc.
From Luke 8
Jesus (stopping and looking about): Who touched me
Some in the crowd (everyone speaking at once): Not me
Another in the crowd: It wasn’t me either
From this is will be clear that The Voice Bible can also be used as a script for dramatic reading in a worship or study context. You need to spend some time reading the comprehensive introduction to discover how The Voice works and also how you can make this tool work for you in your own particular situation, but, having said that, it is a useful tool, especially to groups like Open the Book.
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"Like most people, I'm sure I have a collection of Bibles that I read from, but The Voice Bible has become my new favorite. It is an easy read, and it brings to life through analogies the Word of God.I would have to say my favorite part is handing it off to a fan at a Newsboys concert right after I share a verse from it....The Perfect Gift!" - Michael Tate, Newsboys.
"The Voice has helped me fall more in love with the Scriptures. There is so much poetry and subtlety in the text that can be lost when you translate it out of its original languages, but the writers of The Voice find creative and beautiful ways of keeping the poetry alive." - Michael Gungor.
"The fluid, relevant format of The Voice is a great reminder that the Bible isn't a text book or a rule book but a divine love story. As a Bible teacher, I also appreciate the fact this is a translation instead of a paraphrase, which means it's both readable AND theologically reliable." -Lisa Harper. Women of Faith speaker and Bible Teacher.
"I love it! I've always been pretty traditional when it comes to my Bible translations. I've basically read the same translation for the past 36 years of my life. The Voice is the first translation that has made me audibly say ‘Wow.’ It’s fresh, enlightening and extremely accurate." - Pete Wilson, Author and Pastor at Crosspoint Church, Nashville, Tennessee.
THE TRANSLATION: The Voice is a dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all of the truth and wisdom of God's Word. Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching it invites readers to enter into the whole story of God with their heart, soul, and mind. This bold new translation engages readers like no other Bible.
THE PURPOSE: The Voice invites a generation of story-lovers to step into the Bible through a fresh expression of its timeless narrative. It recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. Readers will enter into the story of Scripture more deeply, and discover that they can actually hear God's voice speaking into their life today.
THE AUDIENCE: The Voice is for everyone seeking to connect or reconnect with God through His story. It is for those who have never read the Bible and are curious, just as it is for new Christians who are ready to dive in eagerly. The Voice speaks to the person who has some experience with church but is seeking a new way to connect with God, as well as for active Christians who have been in the church all of their lives and are looking to get lost in the beauty of the story.
THE DIFFERENCE: While care has been taken to accurately translate the individual words from the original texts, careful attention to how the idioms of the original languages are understood in English has also been taken. But it doesn't stop there; The Voice considers the narrative links that help us to understand the drama and passion of story that is present in the original languages. The tone of the writing, the format of the page, and the directness of the dialog allows the tradition of passing down the biblical narrative to come through in The Voice.
|Author / Artist||Ecclesia Bible Society|
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (April 2012)|
|Number of Pages||1630|
|Page last updated||21st February 2018|