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Review: The Voice New Testament

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The Voice™ is the product of the best minds in this emerging generation of Christian leaders. Together they are helping young people fall in love with the Scriptures. Instead of confining God’s Word in the framework of biblical criticism, The Voice™ highlights the beauty of God’s communication to His people. In The Voice™, the voice of God is heard as clearly as when He first revealed His truth. 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.

Features include:

  • Bronze, highlighted text
  • Screenplay-like format, ideal for public readings and group studies
  • Devotional commentary
  • Book introductions

You can find my others posts on The Voice here.

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Listening to the Voice – Christology

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One of the first things I look for in a bible translation is their presentation of the deity of Christ. What first attracted me to the New Living Translation was the 1996 translation of Philippians 2 –

Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Php 2:5-11)

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Listening to the Voice – Sin

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Part of the historical Christian concern with new translations is the ability to retain the sins lists – I haven’t seen the same worry applied to the virtue lists. Both lists are found throughout the New Testament, as would be excepted:

Virtue Lists Sin Lists
Galatians 5:22-23
Ephesians 4:32
Ephesians 6:14-20
Philippians 4:8
Colossians 3:12
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
1 Timothy 3:2-13
Titus 1:6-9
Hebrews 7:26
James 3:17
Mark 7:21-22
Romans 12:9-21
Romans 13:8-14
Galatians 5:19-21
1 Corinthians 5:9-11
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Ephesians 4:25-31
Ephesians 5:3-5
Colossians 3:5-9
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Revelation 9:20-21
Revelation 21:8
Revelation 21:27

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Listening to the Voice: Theological Words

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For some, words such as baptism, justification/justified, and even Christ are words which are sacrosanct to a biblical translation. Part of the criticism leveled at other translations, such as the NLT and God’s Word is that they remove these words. If you are needing these words, The Voice may not be the translation for you.

Note, that since the translation style of The Voice is different from others, I felt it unfair to compare it with others; however, you can use the hyperlinked Scripture references to do you own comparison.

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Listening to The Voice: Purpose of Translation

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The Voice™ is the product of the best minds in this emerging generation of Christian leaders. Together they are helping young people fall in love with the Scriptures. Instead of confining God’s Word in the framework of biblical criticism, The Voice™ highlights the beauty of God’s communication to His people. In The Voice™, the voice of God is heard as clearly as when He first revealed His truth. 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.

The purpose of the translation s the key to understanding the translation itself. I have found that many who disagree with the translation fail to understand the purpose of the translation itself. We should judge first the purpose of the translation and then the merits of the translation based on that purpose.

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Listening to the Voice: John 1.1-5

I received a copy of the The Voice New Testament from Thomas Nelson for review. Having spent some time with it, I will examine it next week; however, I thought that I might post just a small passage:

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