The Voice - not the reality TV show - the reality check Bible
So reads John 1:1 from Thomas Nelson's The Voice Bible translation which is written as a screenplay to be accessible to people who have never read the Bible.
Bible translators have sought for hundreds of years to present the ancient Bible texts in the language of the day. King James 1 version from 1611 came alive in Shakespearean English so it is perhaps fitting that one of the world's newest translations reads like a play (of course some people believe Shakespeare himself was a translator for the KJV).
The familiarity of today's reader with graphic novels, comics and more to the point, movies and television, means they could be right at home with a dialogue-led text:
Disciple: "It's a ghost!"
Another Disciple: "A ghost? What will we do?"
Jesus: "Be still. It is I; you have nothing to fear."
(From Matthew 15's account of Jesus walking on the water).
Thomas Nelson says, "Through a collaboration of nearly 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humour, 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.
Alongside the screenplay style, words such as angel or apostle are replaced. Angel is rendered as "messenger" and apostle as "emissary." Jesus Christ is "Jesus the Anointed One" or the "liberating king."
The Voice, which took seven years to complete, focuses on building context around the words and scenes of the Bible. Executive Editor and Publisher says, “Where many translations are trying to just translate a single word we're trying to put that word into the context of when it was written and how that word has been used in many situations.”
Published in April 2012 The Voice is now available in Australia in a variety of formats from $34.95 for the 1664 page hardback right through to the $115 bonded leather special edition.
Or purchase The Voice Bible: Step Into the Story of Scripture from Amazon.