The Voice translation of the New Testament is now available and the title of this post is its rendering of the first part of John 1:1. You can download a copy of the Gospel of John for free. Don’t just jump right in to reading the translation though; just take a moment to read through the Preface to see where this translation is coming from and what it is meant to achieve. It’s goals are admirable but unfortunately its method and product raise a lot of questions concerning its status as a translation. Interesting, thought-provoking discussion is underway on the Extreme Theology blog in the post and comments of Review of The Voice New Testament – Part One. Secondly, a worthwhile question is being raised both on Extreme Theology and the Politically Correct blog whether such a translation leads the sponsoring group into cultish territory.
Below are the thoughts I left in a comment on Extreme Theology:
One should be very careful about adopting The Voice as a primary translation. Undoubtedly, if you do adopt it, you will see things in Scripture you’ve never seen before. But then you have to ask yourself: is that because it’s actually in the original text or because the translators have taken liberties with the text? If this is not a question you feel like you can answer, sticking with the English Standard Version or the King James would seem the wise decision.
Here is a promotional video about the translation:
Gospel of John Reader
And, finally, here is an embedded reader for the Gospel of John: