The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament

Thomas Nelson Inc.

The Voice New Testament
Thomas Nelson Inc.

Reviewing versions of the Bible is a challenge and is subject to personal tastes and assumptions about the Bible.

Having said that I found The Voice annoying to read. What the people who have put this New Testament together have done is interlace some commentary about the scriptures with the scriptures themselves. This is great if you have never read any other commentary. It will give you an introduction to the people and history of the New Testament.

The problem for me is that the choice of the interpolations will colour the way the scriptures are read. I didn’t agree with some of the way the reference materials were presented and because they were mixed into the scriptures it was hard to ignore them. That suggests that the Voice be used more as a commentary than as an translation.

There is a long tradition of adding educational material to the side or the bottom of the page, but this is the first that I have seen to mix them into the text itself. Care has been taken to distinguish between the words of the New Testament and those of the commentators, but in such close juxtaposition it would be hard to keep them separate.

I would recommend this for people who want an introduction to the history and people of  New Testament times and are wiling to take the time to keep Word and commentary separate. It will encourage you to look up more about the times in which Jesus lived.

If you want just a Bible to read, then I suspect you will find this particular version problematic.

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