Book review: The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament is a new Bible translation by Thomas Nelson. Will this new version make you want to retire your NIV, ESV, RSV, or KJV (sorry for the alphabet soup spill)?

Rather than being produced by scholars like most Bibles, The Voice represents a  collaboration among pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists. Contributors include Chris Seay, Lauren Winner, Brian McLaren, Greg Garrett and David B. Capes. To be honest, I’m unfamiliar with all but McLaren, who stirred up quite a bit of buzz earlier this year with his controversial book A New Kind of Christianity.

Because I’m unfamiliar with the contributors, I’d be unlikely to use The Voice as my everyday Bible. I just don’t know enough about their approaches to doctrine to feel comfortable with their translation. That said, I could imagine someone using it for some casual reading.

The style of writing reminds me of a screenplay somewhat. In many ways, the approach feels similar to The Amplified Bible. In a way, it’s almost more of a re-telling, rather than a translation. Much like the feel of The Master by John Pollack.

If you’d like to try a sample of The Voice New Testament, you can download a pdf copy of the Gospel of John by clicking here.

A REVIEW COPY OF THE VOICE NEW TESTAMENT WAS PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER.


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