Hello, my name is Creig (yes, with an ‘e’ not an ‘a’) Marlowe, new to The Voice blog. Actually new to any blog. I am an Old Testament professor at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven, Belgium. However, I am an American working in Europe through the European Christian Mission, and I live near Leiden in the Netherlands. I became involved in The Voice project early on as one of the OT scholars.
Soon after starting with The Voice, I was reading a Dutch newspaper on the train and ran across a report of an interview with Keith Richards, guitarist for the Rolling Stones. He was asked about the Bible and responded: “I read the Bible sometimes, but I find it deadly boring.”
At the time I wrote something for The Voice web page. Here is what I said:
“Past and present generations are looking for a Bible that is both current and captivating. The Voice is the first to blend cutting-edge literary creativity with the characteristics of a true translation. Artists and academics have teamed up and succeeded in giving us a Bible that is a page-turner. Tell Keith not to give up yet.”
This led to an ad campaign called "Don't Give Up Keith." Perhaps you saw it. There is still a facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=25959373069
You would think with all the Bible translations in the world, especially in English, anyone wanting to read the Bible would have an enjoyable version at hand. I have no idea which translation(s) Keith has tried to read, but I am sure there are many others who have trouble reading the Bible and staying with it for any significant length of time. Even people like me, who do it for professional and personal reasons, struggle when reading a lot of the translations out there. But I’m convinced that the Bible—since it is God’s Word to us--should be both educational and entertaining. The Voice has been produced to help provide a very readable text. Since the Bible contains many stories, and true ones, it should read like a story. So don’t give up, hear The Voice!