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The Voice Bible: Step Into the Story of Scripture

The Voice Bible: Step Into the Story of Scripture [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Nelson , Ecclesia Bible Society
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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

Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles

The Voice Bibles sold to date: More than 308,000

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7199 KB
  • Print Length: 1664 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1418549010
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Gift edition (10 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y84ZU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Greg Garrett is 2013 Centennial Professor at Baylor University in Texas, and the author or co-author of twenty acclaimed books of fiction, memoir, nonfiction, and translation. His novel Free Bird was chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the outstanding fiction debuts of 2002; his later novels Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal were likewise critically acclaimed. He has published two books of memoir, Crossing Myself and No Idea, and has been a major contributor to The Voice contemporary-language scripture project. The author of short stories published in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, he also writes essays, articles, and reviews for print and web publications including The Huffington Post, Poets & Writers, Reform, Relevant, Christianity Today, OnFaith, Patheos, and The Washington Post.

BBC Radio describes Professor Garrett as one of America's leading voices on religion and culture, and his books on film, music, comics, literature and other forms of culture have been both well-reviewed and the subject of considerable media attention. His most recent nonfiction books are Faithful Citizenship, on a Christian political ethos, One Fine Potion, on the theological and philosophical meanings of Harry Potter, and The Other Jesus, on a thoughtful and faithful 21st Century Christianity. He has appeared on or in BBC Radio, BBC Radio Scotland, NewsTalk (Ireland), Premier Radio Network, National Public Radio (US), CBS Radio (US), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, USA Today, The Globe and Mail (Canada), Commonweal (Canada), National Review (US), Beliefnet, and many other broadcast, print, and web media venues in North America, England, and Europe.

Professor Garrett annually serves as Residential Scholar at Gladstone's Library, the prime ministerial library in Hawarden, Wales, where he often teaches short courses while in residence. He has also spoken at Kings College, London, Magdalene College, Cambridge, Ripon Cuddesdon College in Oxford, and Liverpool Hope University, among other engagements. He is currently working on a book for Oxford University Press on the afterlife in literature and culture.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some nice features 12 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Voice is a new translation of the bible published by Thomas Nelson. I received this book free as part of the Booksneeze programme at Thomas Nelson. I was not required to give a favourable review
It has a number of features that are intended to enhance the user's understanding.

To evaluate The Voice I simply used it as my default Bible over the past couple of weeks - as opposed to analysing 'test passages'. I hoped that this would give me a better overall impression of the approach, and I'm not suitably equipped to comment on matters of translation. So what follows are my views on some of the key features (that I have discovered so far).

Presenting dialogue in the format of a dramatic script
I like this feature. It clarifies the flow of conversations, and while some verses may have been re-ordered to fit this approach, I think that this is a valuable addition.

New titles for God and Christ
In the Old Testament, the name of YHWH is presented as 'the Eternal One'; Christ is translated as 'the anointed One'. This certainly made me stop and think, which is a good thing. I think there is a danger that we have become overly familiar with these titles, and miss their significance.

Explanatory notes to clarify the context
In many ways this is similar to other 'study' Bibles, and is helpful. They do not provide the depth of information that a commentary would - but, I don't suppose that they are meant to.

Insertion of supplementary words to clarify meaning or context
Additional words are indicated in italics to amplify passages. There is an honesty/openness about this approach that I appreciate. At times the insight gained is useful; at times I found it unnecessary and intrusive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars American, but I can live with that! 29 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an easy-reading Bible with various helpful features, such as in-text commentary and schemes for reading the Bible over three years or taking shorter periods of reading for specific purposes. Unlike most evangelical approaches, it incorporates the major periods of Advent/Christmas and Lent, so you get liturgically appropriate seasonal readings (unless you don't want them, when you simply ignore them). There are some irritating grammatical errors, such as the use of "lay" as an intransitive verb, but overall it's a helpful addition to one's Bible library.

The Kindle edition is well-produced, containing the full text and click-on links. So, if you're doing one of the reading schemes, you click on where you've got to and it takes you straight to the Bible passage. I recommend pressing the Back key when you've read that portion, so you get back to the list ready for next time, or you'll have to find it again from the Table of Contents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new experience 11 Jun 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
People either love or hate this translation. I am one of those who love it. The layout of this bible is incredible, with the "screen play format" making it a lot easier to identify who's talking. This is easy to read, and everything is nice and clear. I've bought two for friends, and they love it too, so don't knock it before you've tried it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting a Voice 14 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sue's husband David: Loved the New Testament edition when it came out a few years ago, but I absolutely love the complete Bible version. It makes the Bible such an easy read and beautifully develops the story base of the original text for both newcomers and long standing christians such as myself. The integrated notes is such a good idea to help the reader understand the context and nicely presented so as not to mistake them for original text. All I can say is, get one, read it, live it and you will be blessed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very refreshing presentation of God's Word 5 Oct 2013
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I like the Voice Bible, because it sets things out a bit like reading a play and surely sometimes people read it in church and other places in that way. It brings out the aspect of the Bible as a living experience and where there is real drama in the stories, it seeks to bring that out in the way it is presented.

A particular aspect I like is its use of The Eternal, as a change from "God". This is similar to the term that French speakers use, l'Eternel, which I find has more movement and is more descriptive in a way. I dare say that this would please PC'ists, who don't like, what they see as the dominant male terms for "God", and its use, in their writings, would also stop them from simply "God'ing" their texts, (if you know what I mean), all over the place, which I find very tiresome and unimaginative.

You may have a favourite version of the Bible, even one that your church tradition particularly approves of, but even if you do, you will probably find that this version brings a fresh look at the texts you are used to reading and hearing proclaimed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There are things about this version that I really like and some I don't. But that's probably more about me than this version. What I really liked was the move away from the traditional translations into the world that the original reader would have understood this passage. It's not so much that it's putting in words that aren't in the original texts, but it fills out what a the reader would have understood from reading the words written that are lost to us because of the difference in culture, social setting etc. Having just studied Ecclesiastes, the additional material filled out on the page what had taken me weeks of research in coming to the same conclusion. Perhaps, not the choice for purists, but as a serious reader of the bible, this will take out a great deal of confusion and debate that would exist without this insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A super, easy to understand translation with excellent background...
A super, easy to understand translation with excellent background notes. Words of each character presented as a play script.
Published 16 days ago by Mrs. Patricia Hillier
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The best bible i have ever had, fantastic
Published 1 month ago by robert hindhaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars ... might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love it & it goes down...
This might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love it & it goes down very well with our bible study group. Easy to read & to listen to with lots of helps too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sylvia Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
written in really simple english but at the same time seems to expand the meaning. Beautifully written. really recommend this bible
Published 6 months ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely translation.
This new translation makes the bible come alive even more with it's natural conversation. A good one for those who want an easier version.
Published 8 months ago by Lilian Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
excellent translation of the Bible, very easy to understand and comprehend. Love the 1 Cor 13 chapter. really beautifully written.
Published 12 months ago by M. P. Brant
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful addition...
I have some 25 bibles, and this will be a useful addition to the collection. A good modern version of the Word. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Julia Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars brand new transalation
it is not often that you get a throughly new translation in modern english .IT is easy to use with lots of intresting extras
Published 17 months ago by claire couldridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different still getting used to it.
At first sight not sure if I see it as 'the Bible' but it often takes a while to adjust to a new format. Read more
Published 18 months ago by PWH
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Bible translation
THE VOICE is simply the most magnificent Bible translation I have ever come across!

It is a splendid and seamless combination of literal and paraphrase: "word-for-word"... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hanne Steinicke
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