The Voice New Testament
Upon first reading the introduction to this new “translation” of Scripture, I was intrigued and looking forward to reading it, but while reading through several parts I could not help but notice it err in translation and bringing out the true meaning of the word.
One example of this is in John 1 verse 11:
“Though the Voice only utters only truth, His own people, who have heard the Voice before, rebuff this inner calling and refuse to listen.”
Compare that with the NASB :
“He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.”
On top of being wordy the rendering in the Voice can lead to misconception and even heresy. First, the original text does not state, imply, nor would the hearers of the word, that His own people had “heard the Voice before.” Second, “the Voice” is a poor translation of the Greek term Logos which was used prior in John, but does not occur within verse 11. Last, the “translation” renders “the Voice” to have called through an “inner calling” which is never stated in the original text and once again never implied, nor understood by the hearer of the word.
I would not suggest this to anyone who is looking for a good Bible to do some serious study with nor for those who are wanting an accurate depiction of God and Christ. The story format and outlay while good, holds no water compared to the textual relevance and how it relates to the actual text. It does make for a good read, and even at times provides some interesting outlooks on what is occurring in the stories, but I would hardly call it a translation, because it does not accurately render the text within the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek documents to the English language. The Voice is fairly similar to The Message though it does not make as many errors as The Message.
There is much more I would like to say, but I am over my word count so I will leave my review as is for now, and may comment more later, upon reading it through completely.
One last question. What is the Ecclesia Bible Society? No internet search engines I have used so far, render any useful information about it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.