Book Review: The Voice New Testament, by Ecclesia Bible Society

The Voice New Testament, by Ecclesia Bible Society

Thomas Nelson 2011

Summary: The Ecclesia Bible Society — a self-described “church in transition” — has completed an engaging new translation of the New Testament.  Contributors from a wide range of backgrounds, including scholars, musicians, poets, writers and pastors, collaborated in this translation. Special features, such as a screenplay format, historical information and italicized insights into everyday life in Biblical times, seek to provide a richer understanding. The first pages also contain reading and study suggestions for the Christmas and Easter seasons and daily devotionals.

Discussion: The insights provided by this translation are valuable; I found the review of the “four covenants” especially helpful. Readers may, however, find the structure of this translation a bit awkward at first; for example, I found it difficult to continually transition between the narrative and the historical explanations. However, I did become more comfortable with the book’s structure as I continued to read. I recommend this translation to anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the New Testament — particularly its cultural and historical context.

FTC Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Voice New Testament from Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze, in exchange for writing this review. I was not obligated to write a positive review; all opinions stated in this review are my own.


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