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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John 1:1-5:

Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God. This celestial Voice remained ever present with the Creation; His speech shaped the entire cosmos. Immersed in the practice of creating, all things that exist were birthed in Him. His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light – light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazing through murky bottoms. It cannot, and will not be quenched.

The overall style is supposed to create a sense of the narrative. In other words, the translators wanted to place the Scriptures in a style which is reminiscent of story telling. I’ll comment more about this later.

Also, the translators, while becoming more than dynamic, also makes use of the historic invention of italicized words to denote something not found expressly in the text.

Look for more next week.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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