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.
"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.
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