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.

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