The Voice Bible: Step Into the Story of Scripture

The Voice Bible: Step Into the Story of Scripture

by Ecclesia Bible Society, Thomas Nelson


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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, 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.

Features include:

  • 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
  • 9-point type size

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781418549015
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Edition description: Gift
Pages: 1664
Sales rank: 388,873
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.75(d)

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The Voice Bible: Step Into the Story of Scripture 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
kd11 More than 1 year ago
The Voice is definitely a unique translation. In some ways I found it to be really interesting and in others I was confused by it. Here’s the breakdown… I really like how it gives you some additional scriptural context and historical background. The additional insights can really deepen your understanding of certain passages. That said, there is a bit of a “key” you need to become familiar with in order for everything to make sense and sink in. I haven’t quite gotten there yet. The translation of the actual scripture is certainly easier to read than potentially more “traditional” translations like NIV and King James. On the flip side, if you are used to those translations this may seem a bit confusing as well. Then when you add in the supplemental history/background… well, you’re either going to love it or scratch your head and shrug in frustration. The main thing that I think will keep me reading this version is the additional information, history, and cultural context provided in this translation. It truly does deepen the scriptures and learning experience. This may seem like a confusing review. I think it all comes down to this: If you are looking for simply a different translation to read, this may or may not be for you. If, on the other hand, you are in search of a different translation that will also provide some additional context for scripture and historical background…well then, scoop this up and enjoy!
ReadWorm More than 1 year ago
A daily reading bible that takes your hand and leads you into the story of scripture from the very first page. Having read the Voice New Testament, I was super excited to get my hands on this Bible. The lyrical, narrated way that both the New Testament and full Bible version bring to the reader. The Voice has the Biblical text formatted as a play, the drama unfolds in the story of Scripture, and we are engaged, wanting to know more, not merely reading a single verse, chapter or book of the Bible but enjoying this as the read of ages. My ebook version of this Bible is well set out, includes hyperlinked Table of Contents and Topical guides which are also hyperlinked to the Commentary notes in this bible. There are also textual footnotes that hyperlink to provide more information. Any serious reader of God’s word will have discovered the awesome way that scripture opens up a person’s soul in discovering the Father’s heart for us. This version of the bible, truly reads as a story that provides you with interest in each and every Bible character. For anybody interested in knowing what God wants you to know through the story of scripture, this Bible is highly recommended. Four reading plans are included in the Voice which are designed to keep you close – I plan to begin the 40 day Retreat with Jesus in the next few days – watch my blog for updates. Practical aids help to explore the Bible and use this version of the Bible in so many ways that keep the Word of God fresh and playing out in your thoughts all day long. I simply love the Voice Bible and recommend it for anybody who loves Scripture. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Presbyterian_Doughboy More than 1 year ago
I saw it on the news and in the papers when it was rolled out, so I bought a copy. As a pastor, I thought it was necessary to have it on my shelf because the people I serve will undoubtedly begin asking me what I think about this "translation." I have been doing my devotional time with The Voice along side other well accepted modern translations. I really like the language and readibility, and I have even used it in worship and Bible studies. But I am still not convinced it is a translation, but it is a really good paraphrase. So I will gladly continue to use it, but will walk lightly and make sure I have a "safety net" for now.
Jessi0805 More than 1 year ago
The Voice Translation Bible for EBook The Voice translation is a wonderful translation that kept me wanting to continue on. The Voice translation gives a fresh look at the Old and New Testament text and thus gives life to places in text that may have seemed stale once before. I also enjoyed the play script like writing style of the text that makes you feel like you are really there and seeing everything happen right before you. As a Biblical Scholar, I really liked the historical context references that occur throughout this translation and helps keep the message of the text within the context it was written and the people it was written for. As a believer, I feel that this text is a valuable asset to conversion of those who have either fallen away from the church or those who have had no experience with church whatsoever. I am so excited that I now have this translation in an ebook! Its easy to read on my Nextbook 7 and an awesome way to use technology to honor God! I received this book for review free from Booksneeze and was not paid for my review.
seaweedJW More than 1 year ago
I found this translation to be very readable. It does not seem made for daily reading nor for study but it does provide an easy understandable read. Some of the comments and added headings do not help the text and some do not fit with historical facts and demonstrate the theological leanings of the compiler.
AlphaAngel27 More than 1 year ago
I love reading the Bible. I currently have the NLT, the NIV version. I purchased the Voice just to compare the translations and I love it. I love how its set up in dialogue form. I was never a fan of KJV, always felt I didn't quite grasp the meaning of the scriptures. The Voice is another wonderful alternative. The word of God is POWERFUL!
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
This is from the Hear the Voice website; “The Voice is a dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all of the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching it invites readers to enter into the whole story of God with their heart, soul, and mind. This bold new translation engages readers like no other Bible.” But I think what accurately describes this translation best is the tiny little shield on the Voice’s spine, “The Voice is a trustworthy Bible translation that reads like a novel.” The Voice is a bible unlike any other, so to describe what it is “like” I would have to use examples outside of the field. The Voice bible is like reading a screen play. The Voice bible is like reading an annotated novel. Yes, it is a bible and yes it is a bible translation, however I would not use it in a setting where I would need to “follow along” with a reader or a sermon; in that regard it’s like other dynamic equivalent translations. In my opinion the Voice bible is great for those who have difficulty reading standard translations and want something more familiar to pull them in to the text. It’s also great for people who are extremely familiar with the text and want to read the bible again with new eyes. I think it would also be great as a reading bible or for teachers who want to be able to examine a text in a different light. Some of the translation points I liked were instead of calling Jesus the “Christ” they call him the “anointed one,” which is more accurate to the text and the Hebrew understanding. The Angels are called messengers, which I like. I think sometimes we picture “angels” as winged beings with halos and we really have no idea what these messengers looked like. The disciples are called emissaries, which is a very modern usage and works well I think. Unlike most bibles the Voice places the notes directly in the bible text, but to avoid confusion the notes are in a different color to differentiate scripture from editor. This review is for the hardback edition of the bible. The bible is bound well and on good paper stock. This is a quality
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
A new translation of the Bible into English does not contain the name “Jesus Christ” or the word “angel.” It also prefers the word “emissary” over “apostle.” Frank Couch, Thomas Nelson’s lead editor on the project, told The Christian Post that the purpose of The Voice was to make the Gospel message easier to understand for modern audiences. “The Voice has not claimed to more accurate than any other translation, rather it is more easily understood than any other translation,” said Couch. Here is what Thomas Nelson’s Marketing folks have to say about it: The Voice Bible translation is a faithful dynamic translation of the Scriptures done as a collage of compelling narratives, poetry, song, truth, and wisdom. The Voice calls the reader to step into the whole story of Scripture and experience the joy and wonder of God’s revelation created for and by a church in great transitions, The Voice uniquely represents collaboration among scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists, giving great attentions to the beauty of the narrative. The heart of The Voice is retelling the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts. This translation promotes the public reading of longer sections of Scripture-followed by thoughtful engagement with the biblical narrative in its richness and fullness and dramatic flow. There is controversy over the non-use of Jesus name, Angel and Apostle to name a few. I was concerned that Jesus would not be proclaimed as the Son of God, as in some new bible translations being sold. This not the case with The Voice so I can recommend this book as a useful resource to study the Word of God. It is easy to understand. The notes that show who is talking makes it easy to follow the stories. Although I prefer other translations from Thomas Nelson Publishing, I don’t believe that The Voice would lead anyone into a false understanding of the one true God. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Voice Bible" helps understanding by changing the translations, "Jesus Christ" or "Christ Jesus", so that the modern reader is kept aware that "Christ" is an honorific adjective rather than a name. It also helps by its treatment of the Hebrew tetragrammaton. However, some of the side comments seem to have a dogmatic tendency. As one example, it is stated without any reservation that the first letter of John was written by the same person who wrote the gospel of John. On the other hand, presenting much of the dialog as a drama is thought-provoking.
swe196109 More than 1 year ago
Simply the best Bible I have ever used. Perfect for the Nook Simple Ereader I had used another and I spent more time trying to find what I wanted to read. This one is very simple to find what your looking for.
Lady1 More than 1 year ago
I have tried and failed many times during my life to read the Bible. I really wanted to read the entire Bible from first to last page. I purchased many different versions and never got there. With the Voice Bible on my tablet, I now feel that I will succeed. I read some each day and often find that I keep reading more than I inteded to when I started reading. The Voice tells the story in a very meaningful way. If you have had the same problem of getting through the Bible, I strongly suggest that you try The Voice Bible. Several of my friends are now reading it on my reccommendation. Enjoy and learn!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own several translations of the bible (kjv,amp,niv,nasb,message,nlt,rsv just to name a few!)--all have their strengths--but this is the best bible for reading and devotional time. If you're like me and own a ton of bibles I can imagine that you may be wondering about having yet another one but this bible is really worth it. Truly great to read. Own the leather cover (cover is great and made by artisans in Buenos Aires,) buying the nook version today. Love it that much.
JuneH More than 1 year ago
I have not finished this book yet but I think it is an interesting read. I don't know how much faith I would put in it as far as actual fact but I'm enjoying reading it.
diana60yranserfon More than 1 year ago
I am sure it will be a recommended read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is well written and very easy to keep your interest. However, with that said it is not a substitute for a good version to study from. This is definitely a devotional reading only Bible. Well worth the investment. Much better, in my opinion then The Message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not one to jump at every new Bible that comes out but I liked what I read about The Voice so I bought it. I've had it about 6 weeks and so far I still like it. I especially like the helps built into the verses. I'm still learning how to navigate it and my new Nook. I think it will become a favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Voice" is the answer to "I cannot understand the Bible". Reads like a novel, yet conveys the message intended. Hard to put down once you begin reading. Yes, I recommend "The Voice"! It is a "must-read".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good historical background included. Use in conjunction with New International Version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, easy to read version of the bible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really am glad I purchased this Bibe. Have many translations but this is so much nicer with having who is talking instead of verses running together. Lots of helpful information also
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nookjunkie More than 1 year ago
Bibles can be difficult to read. This one is very easy to read, with side notes to help you understand the time period. I would highly recommend this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting "dialogue" based Bible, that makes the story come alive! Especially the Old Testament passages are vivid and tangible. Everyone should spend some time in the passages to get a clearer idea of what really happened. Highly recommend for serious students of the Bible.
Iyamafollower More than 1 year ago
The more I research this version of the Bible, the more concerned become about it.  For one thing, I examined three passages in Matthew, Mark and Luke which were identical in the original Greek text but had been translated 3 different ways by The Voice.  This suggests that each Gospel had a separate translation team, but that one team’s guiding translation principles were at odds with the other. This review spotlights another significant concern – The Voice’s replacement of “(The) LORD” with “(The) Eternal (One)”.   As you may know, virtually all English Bible translations render the Hebrew word “Yahweh” as “(the) LORD”.  Exodus 3:13-15 informs us this is God’s personal Name, whose meaning is connected with ‘I AM WHO I AM’ or ‘I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE’.  In my view, “Eternal” is a woefully inadequate rendering, and my two most compelling reasons are: (1) “Eternal” truncates the meaning of ‘Yahweh’ by limiting its meaning to God’s timeless nature only.  Even the Voice editors, on page xxiii of its Preface, admit, “This is why we think the English word “eternal” helps to capture something of its meaning.” (Italics mine)  What’s missing in “Eternal” are other important meaning components of “Yahweh”, which can be deduced from parsing ‘I AM WHO I AM’ and from studying the various Biblical contexts in which “Yahweh” functions.  Therefore, I find that other significant meaning components of “Yahweh” include “first cause”, “self-sustaining”, “one and only”, “unchanging”, “inexhaustible”, “objective standard”, “most powerful” and “Jesus” (John 8:58).  For more details, please visit John Piper’s ‘Desiring God’ website. (2) “Eternal” hinders the positive impact that using God’s personal Name has on a worshipper.  When we address someone we know, we use their real name.  A young boy might be known for his precociousness, but his mother wouldn’t say to him “I love you, bright one.”  No, she’ll use his name and say “I love you, Joey.” Similarly, when addressing God, why would we say “I love you, Eternal One”, when we could say “I love you, Yahweh”.  (Of course, ‘Yahweh’ is still Hebrew, so you could be daring and substitute it with “I-AM”.  The capital letters would suggest the greatness and unfathomableness of God’s name, and the hyphen would denote that “I-AM” is two parts of one name, like “Jo-Ann”.) To its credit, The Voice has contributed significantly to ongoing discussions about how we should render God’s personal Name “Yahweh” in English.  Their choice of “Eternal” falls short, however, and this is one of a growing number of reasons I would not recommend The Voice for public consumption.