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April 18th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

New Bible translation aims at 'own it but haven't read it' demo

By Stephen Walsh, CNN

Professor David Capes says the Bible "is probably the most owned and least read book out there. That's because, for many, it's too difficult to understand."

The "own it but haven't read it" demographic is his target market, says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University and was part of a team that compiled "The Voice," a new translation of the King James Bible. Capes told CNN that the motivation behind the translation, seven years in the making, was to emphasize the meaning behind the words.

"'The Voice' considers the narrative links that help us to understand the drama and passion of story that is present in the original languages," according to the website for the book. "The tone of the writing, the format of the page, and the directness of the dialog allows the tradition of passing down the biblical narrative to come through in 'The Voice.'"

Capes' team decided not to include the words "angel and "apostle" in his translation. They've chosen alternatives.

My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible

"We asked, 'What kind of questions are they coming to the text with,'" Capes says. "We ... made that strategic decision, not to transliterate, but to translate everything, to give them the meaning of the text, and to give them the sense of where the story... is going."

They also left out the word "Christ" from the translation. No Christ in the Bible? Click on the video to hear why.

What do you think? Is the Bible more accessible this way?

"The Voice" joins a tall stack of biblical translations already out there. CNN even came across a cockney translation in 2001.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Bible

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    November 28, 2013 at 2:31 am |
  2. Michael

    Dumbing down the Bible is not the answer. the answer s to educate people. If they are unwilling to be taught, then they have no one to blame but themselves with regards to understanding it the way it has evolved. There is a great resource for the history of the Bible & its translations in a book called "Misquoting Jesus" by Bart Ehrman. In this book, the long process of how our scriptures came to being is unveiled, and at the very least, certainly challenges the credibility of this man's interpretation.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • John Sartwell

      this is standard atheis dogma... quote of the day.

      May 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  3. WHornbill

    It may be the beginning of UNTI CHRIST
    may God bless you wherever you are

    April 24, 2012 at 5:07 am |
  4. Ron

    Notice that the devil has eliminated the word devil from contemporary news and litature ? This is the first step then twist the gospel one faze at a time, until it resembles nothing or the original, but everyone will have read it. Me I'll go with Star Wars before I will accept a false doctrine, which by the way, warns against false doctrines. Its always one step at a time Just like congress selling out our freedoms, I wonder who gives them their marching orders?

    April 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • Cq

      Considering that it took the Church about 300 years, long after they had made up their minds about theology, to start picking scripture to match that doctrine, and that the oldest known copt of the bible has over 27,000 "corrections" written all over it, how can you be sure that the New Testament isn't full of false doctrine to begin with? The actual true doctrine of Jesus could have been recorded in some of the ruled out books and practiced by groups of Christians that the stronger party in Rome declared "heretic" and stamped out long ago. We may never know, right?

      April 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  5. Muneef

    But the ones who strove against Our verses, [seeking] to cause failure – those are the companions of Hellfire. 22:51

    And We did not send before you any messenger or prophet except that when he spoke [or recited], Satan threw into it [some misunderstanding]. But Allah abolishes that which Satan throws in; then Allah makes precise His verses. And Allah is Knowing and Wise. 22:52

    [That is] so He may make what Satan throws in a trial for those within whose hearts is disease and those hard of heart. And indeed, the wrongdoers are in extreme dissension. 22:53

    And so those who were given knowledge may know that it is the truth from your Lord and [therefore] believe in it, and their hearts humbly submit to it. And indeed is Allah the Guide of those who have believed to a straight path. 22:54

    But those who disbelieve will not cease to be in doubt of it until the Hour comes upon them unexpectedly or there comes to them the punishment of a barren Day. 22:55

    [All] sovereignty that Day is for Allah ; He will judge between them. So they who believed and did righteous deeds will be in the Gardens of Pleasure. 22:56
    And they who disbelieved and denied Our signs – for those there will be a humiliating punishment. 22:57

    April 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Cq

      "humiliating punishment", like standing on the shoulder of a highway, holding a sign saying "I Disbelieved"?

      April 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • northern light

      "But Allah abolishes that which Satan throws in; then Allah makes precise His verses. And Allah is Knowing and Wise. 22:52"

      You mean knowing and wise things like these:

      Don't bother warning the disbelievers. Allah has made it impossible for them to believe so that he can torture them forever after they die. 2:6-7

      Allah will shed human blood while angels praise him in heaven. (The angels question why Allah has to kill people; Allah says they'd understand if they knew everything like he does.) 2:30

      Christians and Jews (who believe in only part of the Scripture), will suffer in this life and go to hell in the next. 2:85

      Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. (But if they desist in their unbelief, then don't kill them.) 2:191-2

      April 22, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • northern light

      Muneef,

      You can shove your allah ....and all the other gods ...where the sun don't shne.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Muneef

      And for those who disbelieved in their Lord is the punishment of Hell, and wretched is the destination. 67:6

      When they are thrown into it, they hear from it a [dreadful] inhaling while it boils up. 67:7

      It almost bursts with rage. Every time a company is thrown into it, its keepers ask them, "Did there not come to you a warner?" 67:8

      They will say," Yes, a warner had come to us, but we denied and said, ' Allah has not sent down anything. You are not but in great error.' " 67:9

      And they will say, "If only we had been listening or reasoning, we would not be among the companions of the Blaze." 67:10

      And they will admit their sin, so [it is] alienation for the companions of the Blaze. 67:11

      Indeed, those who fear their Lord unseen will have forgiveness and great reward. 67:12

      And conceal your speech or publicize it; indeed, He is Knowing of that within the breasts. 67:13

      Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted? 67:14

      April 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
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