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The Voice is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God’s Word.Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching, The Voice invites readers to enter into the whole story of God with their heart, soul, and mind, enabling them to hear God speaking and to experience His presence in their lives. Through a collaboration of more than 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works, yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.
- Italicized information added to help contemporary readers understand what the original readers would have known intuitively
- In-text commentary notes include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts
- Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies
- 9.50" x 6.50" x 1.50"
Number of Pages: 1760
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.19 X 6.19 X 1.50 (inches)
Text Layout: Single Column
|Text Color: Black Letter|
Text Size: 8 Point
Note Size: 8 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: Yes
Page Gilding: None
Page Edges: White
The Voice is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God's Word. Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching, The Voice invites readers to enter into the whole story of God, enabling them to hear God speaking and to experience His presence in their lives. Through a collaboration of nearly 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.
- Two-color text
- Italicized information added to help contemporary readers understand what original readers would have known intuitively
- In-text commentary notes that include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts
- Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies
- Book introductions
- Presentation page for personalization
- Reading plans for Lent, Easter, Advent, and more
- Topical Guide to the Notes
- Topical Guide to the Scripture
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
The Voice Bibles sold to date: More than 308,000
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The Bible informs the intellect about God, the world, and ourselves, but it is more than an information book. God is interested in us as whole people, so his Word also stimulates our imagination, arouses our emotions, and appeals to our will. The Voice combines the skills of biblical scholars with the sensitivities of musicians, novelists, and poets and the result is an accurate and stimulating English translation that readers will find hard to put down. Long time as well as new readers will benefit greatly from their experience of The Voice. - Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies Westmont College
If it is true that the Word of God is alive and active, and if it is also true that many people have not experienced the Bible as a life-giving text, then The Voice can help bridge that gap. Contemporary language, format, and insight make The Voice a wonderful place to hear the old, old story in fresh waysand in that story to encounter the living God. - Michael J. Gorman, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Marys Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD
I appreciate very much the fresh and timely translation of The Voice. It provides current English-speaking cultures with a textual bridge that brings them to an ancient and inspiring voice. - J. Andrew Dearman, Professor of Old Testament, Associate Dean and Director of Fuller Seminary Texas
I have been involved in The Voice project for over five years. Many might well ask, "Why do we need yet another Bible translation?" Why? The Bible is an amazingly transparent and yet amazingly puzzling document. Theologians have been translating and interpreting it for millennia, and I daresay they will continue to do so for millennia to come. The Voice represents a new "voice" in the translation and interpretation undertaking, one that genuinely attempts to make the text accessible to the reader of the twenty-first century. Read it for yourself; better, engage it for yourself. Let it draw you in; let it speak to you. And discover in its words "the voice" of the biblical text. - Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia
The Voice has the best of both worlds in that it is both a lively contemporary dynamic translation by people who have a sense of contemporary idiom and the product of careful, thoughtful review by biblical scholars with respect to its accuracy in conveying the original languages. This is combined with a clear and attractive layout and some explanations of cultural and theological terms, and one has a biblical translation that people can understand without needing a pastor or commentator it is the Bible for those who are turned off by or simply do not understand religious language. It has been a delight to work on this translation and to realize how clearly it will communicate to this or that person whom I know. It is also a translation that I enjoy reading myself, when I do not want to read the text in Greek and Hebrew. - Peter H. Davids Visiting Professor in Christianity, Houston Baptist University
Translating for The Voice put me in touch with the Bible in new ways, both intimate and playful. Working so closely with the Hebrew texts reminded me again of their multivalency and the importance of a project like this. It gives readers a first-hand sense of the many voices that populate God's Word, and it allows possibilities for conveying meaning not bound by one-to-one translation. Given room by VOICE editors to reach within our own language, I could strive for a living text -- evocative, poignant, inspirational, disturbing, and comforting -- some of the many ways that the biblical texts mean most powerfully. - Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religious Studies Virginia Commonwealth University
The screenplay format of The Voice offers churches a key resource for today. It will help congregations rediscover the extraordinary power of Scripture when publicly read in a dramatised way. And Christians who may be struggling in their personal Scripture engagement will find the stimulating background details contained in outlined boxes and the overall reader-friendly layout to be really helpful in rediscovering the compelling story of the Bible. - Rev. Dr. Fergus MacDonald, Director, Center for Scripture Engagement Taylor University, Indiana
Rather than imposing a flat, artificial style on the entire Bible, The Voice allows the unique personalities of the biblical writers to shine through their texts. Various features are included to help us feel as well as hear scriptural speech and dialogue. Readers experience the Bible as the living word. - Kenneth L. Waters, Sr., Associate Dean of the Division of Religion and Philosophy and Professor of New Testament, Azusa Pacific University
How something is said can be as important as what is said. All translation is interpretation; but a mechanical meaning offers a text with little texture. The Voice Bible version distinguishes itself and uniquely lives up to its name by making the English text more engaging and enjoyable to read by giving more attention to the mood and mentality of the speakers, which adds muscle to their message. - W. Creighton Marlowe, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor of Old Testament Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Belgium
It has been a joy for me to work on The Voice translation and other projects. Those who led the projects were not just professional, they were also personable and, while they demanded excellence, they treated every contributor with utmost respect. Readers have often said that they find VOICEs retelling of the good news of the kingdom of God very refreshing. This was one of the goals the projects had aimed at achieving, without sacrificing the truth in the original text. I found it challenging and liberating at the same time to work on being creative without forgetting the need to maintain the authentic, soul-penetrating message of the text. - Dr. Felisi Sorgwe, Assistant Professor of Christianity, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, Pastor, Maranatha International Church, Houston, TX
Since my work happened near the end of the process, I had the pleasure of seeing and experiencing the fruit of the effort that others had already put into the project. As I read through the New Testament, I was struck by several things. Even though my day-to-day job is to study and teach the New Testament, reading through The Voice helped bring to life the message of encouragement that pervades these writings. Through them we dont just hear random voices of the various human authors. Rather, Gods voice speaks through them, and it was His voice that I heard afresh when reading through these texts. In particular, it was Gods message to the different Christian communities to remain faithful no matter how hard things get that I heard.
With the waning cultural dominance of the church, the need for a contemporary expression of the churchs faith as revealed in the Bible is becoming urgent. The early church struggled to follow God in their pluralistic world, where their claims to truth were not well received. As a result while reading through The Voice, the idea of faithfulness in the face of suffering was more pervasive than I had previously realized. The church today is and will be increasingly facing similar issues and needs a fresh encouragement to remain faithful in the midst of social pressure. Part of that faithfulness is the responsibility to continue to witness to the truth of the Anointed One. As we bring the message of the good news revealed in the Bible and communicated through The Voice, the culture may reject it because of its truth claims, but at least they wont reject it because it is communicated with archaic or merely ecclesiastical terminology. - Ben Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Christianity, Houston Baptist University
What I appreciate most about THE VOICE is the emphasis on the story of the Bible. It is this story of Gods redemptive plan that THE VOICE presents in such an engaging and powerful way. Whether in the classroom or at Church, it is this story that draws us, speaks to us, and transforms us. - Frank Patrick Adjunct Professor, Samford University Associate Pastor, Double Oak Community Church
I have shared The Voice with my family and ministry partners. Without exception, those peopleparents in their 70s, ministry partners who are long-time ministers, and teenagershave found The Voice to be a refreshing, readable, and enlightening presentation of the biblical text. I have received positive feedback using The Voice for individual devotional reading, small group study, and public worship service readings. - Chuck Pitts, Ph.D. Professor of Old Testament, Houston Graduate School of Theology
The commitment to Biblical accuracy on this project is astounding. As one of the Biblical Scholars involved in the early reviewing process, my editorial suggestions are only one stage in a long, detailed progression from the initial rendering of the text to its final republication. The publishers of THE VOICE are serious in their dedication to conveying the meaning of the Biblical text in a fresh manner while staying as close to the original texts as possible. - Brett W. Dutton, PhD, Senior Pastor, Magnolia Creek Baptist Church League City, Texas
Suzanne Sexton4 Stars Out Of 5Great Translation- Incredibly small printJanuary 29, 2018Suzanne SextonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Enjoying this translation immensely (on my phone), but the paperback copies I ordered for gifts have incredibly small print. The text notes are insightful and very helpful, especially the historical and geographical notes relevant to a particular passage. Please devise or provide some larger font options!!!
jerri5 Stars Out Of 5Reading The VoicrJanuary 28, 2018jerriQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This bible is great. I love the manner the words are written.
It is easy to understand.
I recommend it, you will love it too.
Jamie MGender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Surprisingly Good!January 19, 2018Jamie MGender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This review is for the Leathersoft Plum/Orange Shimmer. I should say from the outset that I was not sure about this translation... or the color! But both are growing on me, hence my 5-star rating for exceeding my expectations.
I actually did not want this color. What I wanted was a copy of the Voice that had a durable smyth sewn binding, with the added bonus of a two-color interior, topical guide and full-color maps, and as far as I can tell Plum/Orange is the ONLY option available if you want all these features. Plus the fact that it is currently 80% off the retail price makes it the only worthwhile option, in my opinion.
Having recently watched The Gospel of John, The Visual Bible on DVD (Stock No. WW106613), which I highly recommend, and which follows the Good News Translation, I wanted to read through the same using The Voice. I have to say it has added quite a bit to my reading enjoyment of this Gospel, which I have read many times before. I like the narrated style and think it would be a great way for churches and youth groups to put on short skits or plays using the Scripture.
The Voice should not be used as a primary reading and study translation, but it sure is fun to read, while also offering original language notes, footnotes that provide literal meanings, and italic type within the biblical text to show supplemental material that has been added to help provide context for readers who are unfamiliar with Scripture or the ancient world. It is like having a study note within the text. Very helpful and very interesting.
I also appreciate the capitalizing of personal pronouns with reference to Deity, and surprisingly do not mind the reference to YHWH as the Eternal or Eternal One, or to Jesus as the Voice. If you read the preface these translation choices are explained in detail and do make sense given what the translators are attempting to convey.
Again, the Voice will never become my go-to translation for personal reference or study, but I like what it adds to my walk with the Lord and the understanding of His Word. It is surprisingly good, with superior craftsmanship and, thanks to CBD, offered at an unbeatable price. I think it is worth spending the $15 to have and enjoy.
Luis5 Stars Out Of 5Pastor, Bible teacherSeptember 25, 2017LuisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent buy, great product, high quality,excellent delivery time frame, shipping and handling. I just love CBD. I have recommended to so many people especially my brethren in the faith. God bless you all at Christianbook.com and CBD. ( ps ) membership is super.
Bible Hog5 Stars Out Of 5Voice BibleSeptember 16, 2017Bible HogQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I gave this one to a friend, as I have had this translation for years. I like the way they make you think as you read, because you always remember your favorite versus, when you run across one, you stop and reread the verse, because they have put it in such a way, it is like a Holy Spirit revelation. It has blessed me tremendously. I have given this version to at least 4 other people as gifts, and they have thoroughly enjoyed it also.
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Q: Sewn binding Does this hardcover copy of The Voice have a sewn binding? If not, does the imitation leather?
No, this Bible is glued, as is the Imitation Leather version.