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The Voice

The Bible is alive like no other book, and The Voice draws you in like no other Bible.

Scholars, poets, musicians, and story tellers have come together to create this singularly unique translation that transports you into the Bible's narrative. Don't just read the Word, step into the story.

From Eleven to Twelve

April 19, 2016
With the death of Judas Iscariot, "the Twelve" were now "the Eleven." The rag-tag band of disciples returned to Jerusalem to await the promise of the Holy Spirit, but they needed to add one more to their number.  Out of all his followers Jesus established "the Twelve," a strategic group to be with him and represent a reconstituted people of God.  In the Old Testament, God's people were comprised of twelve tribes but the exile had scattered them to the four winds.  READ MORE >

What others are saying

Since my work happened near the end of the process, I had the pleasure of seeing and experiencing the fruit of the effort that others had already put into the project.  As I read through the New Testament, I was struck by several things.  Even though my day-to-day job is to study and teach the New Testament, reading through The Voice helped bring to life the message of encouragement that pervades these writings.  Through them we don’t just hear random voices of the various human authors.  Rather, God's voice speaks through them, and it was His voice that I heard afresh when reading through these texts.  In particular, it was God's message to the different Christian communities to remain faithful no matter how hard things get that I heard.

With the waning cultural dominance of the church, the need for a contemporary expression of the church's faith as revealed in the Bible is becoming urgent.  The early church struggled to follow God in their pluralistic world, where their claims to truth were not well received.  As a result while reading through The Voice, the idea of faithfulness in the face of suffering was more pervasive than I had previously realized.  The church today is and will be increasingly facing similar issues and needs a fresh encouragement to remain faithful in the midst of social pressure.  Part of that faithfulness is the responsibility to continue to witness to the truth of the Anointed One.  As we bring the message of the good news revealed in the Bible and communicated through The Voice, the culture may reject it because of its truth claims, but at least they won’t reject it because it is communicated with archaic or merely ecclesiastical terminology.
Ben Blackwell, PhD
Assistant Professor of Christianity
Houston Baptist University

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