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Pastors and Church Leaders Wanted


The Thomas Nelson Bible Group is forming an "influencer" group called "God's Voice" to include anyone who works to spread God's Word. If you're a pastor, a church leader, a church teacher or a ministry worker, we'd like to have you as a member. 

Please feel free to share this with others and register anyone you know who is interested!! There will be an option to add friends, or you can forward this email to them. 

The group will have access to free product, often before it's available to the public, aimed at pastors and church teachers. Members will hear about upcoming resources as soon as planning for them has begun.

If you are a pastor, church leader, church teacher or ministry worker, we'd love to hear your comments and suggestions, and will answer questions. We want to be yet another resource for you to spread God's Word and grace.

There is no obligation at any time, and you can unsubscribe at any time if you feel it's not a good fit for you.

To join, go to http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hjzxyciab&oeidk=a07e5pdzc1658de685c

Thanks and God bless!

March 13, 2012

Sennett promoted to Editor-in-Chief


Thomas Nelson’s Bible Group has a new Editor-in-Chief; Bob Sennett has been promoted to the position. He has 24 years with the Nashville publisher. 

“I couldn’t ask more of an Editor-in-Chief than what Bob Sennett brings us,” says Bob Sanford, Thomas Nelson Vice-President and Associate Publisher of the Bible Group. “His product and market knowledge are thorough; his biblical acumen ensures that we stay true to the message of the Scriptures. Bob is well-deserving of this promotion.” 

Sennett (B.S., M.A., Syracuse) will be directing and coordinating the activities of Thomas Nelson’s team of Bible editors. He started as a freelance proofreader for the company and steadily worked his way up.

“It’s very much a team effort here,” Sennett says. “Nobody walks in knowing what it takes to be a Thomas Nelson Bible editor. My preparation happened on the job. I had some great mentors over the years, and I want to return the favor. When I’m gone, there will be a new bunch of mentors already up and running.”

Sennett says he hopes to see even more life-changing Thomas Nelson Bible products published in the years to come.

“We want to do everything we can to get people into the Word,” he says. “That means providing all the help it takes to make the Bible understandable and accessible. People both inside the church and out need to discover God’s amazing revelation of Himself and the great things He has planned.”

Thomas Nelson Inc. is the world’s largest Christian publisher. The company provides multiple forms of inspirational content, including Bibles, books, eBooks, journals, audio, video, curriculum and digital applications for “smart” electronic devices. Its products are distributed in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Visit www.ThomasNelsonCorporate.comand www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, public relations, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor at 615.902.2244.  

March 12, 2012

Read an amazing story of faith and courage


Read our new Bible blog, with a guest blog by Sviatoslov Bouz. It's an amazing story of courage and faith! click here

February 22, 2012

American Patriot's Bible in King James is in the stores!


Most-Read King James Version and wildly popular American Patriot’s come together

As 2011 ended, the explosive celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible also ended. But only weeks later, that most-read translation of all time lent its musical prose to the hugely popular American Patriot’s Bible. Thomas Nelson Inc. released the partnership on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2012. 

“It’s absolutely fitting that The American Patriot’s Bible is available now with the KJV,” says Bob Sennett, Thomas Nelson Bible Group Editor-in-Chief. “For most of this nation’s history, the King James Version is what Americans always meant when they said ‘The Bible.’ Generation after generation, the KJV has been the Bible that English-speaking people everywhere have studied, memorized, quoted from and loved. It was the Bible of the founders and the pioneers.”

Part of Thomas Nelson’s Signature Line of exclusive Bibles, The American Patriot’s Bible shows how “a light from above” shaped this nation. It reflects how the history of the United States connects to the people and events of the Bible – and how that connects to today’s world. There is a family-record section, images from U.S. history and hundreds of articles relating to patriotic history.  The Bible was edited by Dr. Richard Lee, founder and pastor of First Redeemer Church located in metropolitan Atlanta, Ga.

“God’s Word was absolutely integral to the founding of this nation,” Dr. Lee says. “And the King James Version of the Bible was the foundation of our Christian history in this country. The two together are perfect. I am passionate about the quality and sacredness of this Bible, and what it can bring to people who love this country and love God.”

Sales of the earlier New King James Version of the American Patriot’s Bible are approaching 200,000 copies.

“It is so well done and provides information which never has been gathered before,” said Judge Paul Pressler, Court of Appeals of Texas, retired.

“An outstanding product that reaches out to every individual who is a follower and loves our country,” said Ralph Reed, Chairman and CEO of Century Strategies. “It is a Bible and history book combination showing how our founding fathers built this nation on biblical principles. The American Patriot’s Bible reveals how God has been and will continue to be a part of this great nation.”

About Dr. Richard Lee

  • Founder and Pastor of First Redeemer Church located in metropolitan Atlanta, Ga.
  • Speaker for There’s Hope America, television and radio broadcasts
  • President of There’s Hope for the Hungry food-distribution campaign
  • President of Whispering Hope Women's Resource and Pregnancy Center
  • Past President of the Pastor's Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Member of the Oxford Roundtable, Oxford, England
  • Trustee of Liberty University, and Liberty School of Law
  • Member of the Board of Governors - Council for National Policy
  • Board member of the National Religious Broadcasters
  • http://www.firstredeemer.org/content_about_us/dr_lee.htm

About Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson Inc. is the world's largest Christian publisher. The company provides multiple forms of inspirational content, including Bibles, books, eBooks, journals, audio, video and curriculum. It also provides digital applications for "smart" electronic devices. Thomas Nelson distributes products in more than 100 countries, and is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Visit www.ThomasNelsonCorporate.comor www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, public relations, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor at 615.902.2244.

                                                      

  

February 20, 2012

Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, MacArthur partner


New MacArthur Bible to be in NIV

Top Bible Publishers Partner

For the first time, the world-renowned MacArthur Study Bible will be available in the 2011 updated New International Version (NIV) translation text.  The Bible will feature John MacArthur’s original 20,000 study notes; an extensive topical index; and numerous charts, maps, outlines and articles.

Publishers Thomas Nelson Inc. and Zondervan are partnering on the project, with Zondervan licensing the NIV translation to Thomas Nelson, which will publish the Bible. The Bible is scheduled to release in Fall 2013.

“I’m delighted that the MacArthur Study Bible notes will now be easily accessible to NIV readers,” MacArthur says. “My prayer is that these insights and explanations, together with the acclaimed readability of the translation, will help illuminate the true meaning and unleash the divine power of Scripture for NIV readers.”

The MacArthur Study Bibleis one of the leading study Bibles in the world, with more than 1 million copies distributed since its debut in 1997.

 “This will be a life-changing study Bible that we believe will bring readers closer to God’s Word,” says Gary Davidson, Senior Vice-President and Publisher of Thomas Nelson’s Bible Group. “Our mission is to inspire the world through God’s Word, creating fertile minds in which God can plant seeds of hope and love.  We are honored to bring together John MacArthur’s extensive study notes with the updated NIV translation; this Bible is sure to be a blessing to many.”

Following MacArthur's verse-by-verse approach to biblical teaching, the NIV edition of The MacArthur Study Bible will be one of the most comprehensive study Bibles available.  The meticulously written contributions are packed with detailed information, explanations and helpful insights. This can transform

a reader’s study time by clarifying difficult passages and bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, helping the reader understand and apply Biblical truth to his or her life.

“This project has been in the discussion and planning phase for more than a year now,” says Chip Brown, Senior Vice-President and Publisher of Bibles at Zondervan. “We are thrilled and honored that Dr. MacArthur, one of the world’s leading and most trusted pastors, and a brilliant teacher who uses his gifts to help others live the Bible, has agreed to publish his renowned work in the updated NIV. The MacArthur Study Bible is certain to help millions more Christians engage and understand the Word of God.”

About John F. MacArthur

Dr. John MacArthur is the pastor and teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif.; president of the Master’s College and Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry. He has also written several bestselling books, including Ashamed of the Gospel, The Gospel According to Jesus and The Truth War, and is working with Thomas Nelson on a new reference title about the life of Jesus, scheduled to release in early 2013.

About Thomas Nelson Inc.

Thomas Nelson Inc. is the world’s largest Christian publisher. The company provides multiple formats of Bibles, inspirational books and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Live Event Management Inc., a Thomas Nelson company, is the nation’s leading producer of Christian live events. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Visit www.ThomasNelsonCorporate.comand www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

 

About Zondervan

Zondervan is the world’s leading Bible publisher. With a vision to see more people engaging with the Bible more, Zondervan offers bestselling study, devotional, reference, audio and digital Bibles designed to inspire readers at every age and each stage of life. Zondervan holds exclusive North American publishing rights to the New International Version (NIV), which has more than 400 million copies in print worldwide. Visit Zondervan Bibles at www.zondervan.com/Biblesfor more information.

For image files and more information,

contact Julie Belschner, Thomas Nelson public relations, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.com,  615.902.2244, or

Tara Powers, Zondervan publicist at tpowers@lambert-edwards.com, 616.233.0500.

 

February 14, 2012

The Voice spreads grace and love


 

 

   A reader who opens the front cover will be captured, will be living within the greatest story of all time, real and immediate. Captured and not willing to walk away.

That’s what we’re hearing, over and over, about The Voice – comments that are astounding to even its biggest fans at Thomas Nelson Publishers.

“I really love The Voice,” says the Rev. Jeff Lowe, graduate of the International Miracle Institute with a doctoral degree in theology, serving in evangelism, prison ministry and missionary work worldwide with the Cottonwood Church in Cypress, Calif. “I can hardly put it down! I’ve read over 25 translations of the New Testament – including KJ, NKJ, AMP, RSV, NIV, ASV, Living Bible, Aramaic, Koine Greek, Kenneth Wuest and more. I have always been a fan of (the King James Version), but I believe this REVOLUTIONARY Bible is for today.

“I can certainly tell that much prayer and dedication was made to make this precious Word alive for this generation… Thank God for your team; I have been waiting for a Bible like this for a long time! … The letters from Paul have a feel as if they were written in a language that could have one think they were written last week. It makes all of the books simple to understand without being trendy (and) gives solid inspiration from the Word… If I only had one Bible to keep or share around the world, this would be it. You won’t want to lend or give away this masterpiece without having another for yourself!”

It was eight years ago that Thomas Nelson gathered more than 100 of the best biblical scholars and linguists of today to create a new translation of the Bible. The Voice New Testament from Thomas Nelson was released in November. The full Bible will be available in April. The original biblical verses written in the early years of the church were written by more than 40 different human authors – scholars, pastors, writers, poets and songwriters. The Voice recreates that, also using writers, poets and songwriters as well as pastors and scholars. Every translation of every word from the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic was checked and rechecked. After the artists and authors wrote their verses, it was all checked again.

“I have been confident in The Voice from the beginning,” says Gary Davidson, Thomas Nelson Senior Vice-President and Bible Group Publisher. “And I am thrilled and inspired that it would take off like wildfire. We keep hearing over and over that readers can’t put it down, and that they finally understand Scripture that was confusing to them before. The translation team worked hard to make The Voice painstakingly accurate, while creating poetry and flow that re-created the beauty of the original. Hearing these comments confirms for me that God inspired its creation. Our mission to spread God’s Word to the world has taken a huge leap forward with The Voice.”

The Voice has been making its way to thousands of churches – spreading across the country hand-to-hand. It helped spread the good news with the Dan Valley Missionary Baptist Association in North Carolina. A pastor who works closely with the association said he was speechless when he pulled into his driveway to see boxes all over his carport, filled with The Voice. At the Christmas Toy Store organized by the association for underprivileged families, every parent received a Bible. The pastor prayed that God would use him that day to make a difference – and then a young lady stopped by his booth, sharing the struggles her family had endured over the past year. She told him how thankful she was that her husband had a job, though it caused him to work out of town five days each week. Tears filled her eyes as she told how her children were having problems because they missed their father. As she continued, the pastor shared the Gospel with her – and she prayed to receive Christ into her life. The pastor was ecstatic that the simple prayer he had prayed 15 minutes earlier was answered. There were stories like this one throughout the week as The Voice reached out to everyone it encountered.

The Voice is an exciting new translation,” says David “Skip” Prichard, president and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc. “Why do I think it is exciting? Because my wife commented this morning that she hasn’t seen me this engaged in reading the Bible in a while. From the moment I started in Matthew 1, I was hooked. Though I’m well-versed in various translations, I really didn’t think about any of that. I simply was absorbed. If the goal of a new translation is to get you reading, studying, and meditating, then this version is a success.”

“I’m not a big reader, and when I do, I tend to fall asleep….particularly with the Bible,” says Eric Rather, Thomas Nelson employee.  “Not with this one!!!  Spent 4-5 hours reading this weekend and can’t wait to dive back in this week. Thanks to all who worked on this project…it’s absolutely fantastic!!!”

"I LOVE it!!!!!!” says author Pete Wilson, pastor of the Crosspoint Church in Nashville, Tenn. “I’ve always been pretty traditional when it comes to my Bible translations. I’ve basically read the same translation for the past 36 years of my life. The Voice is the first translation that has made me audibly say ‘Wow.’ It’s fresh, enlightening and extremely accurate.”

Almost 100,000 copies of The Voice New Testament have already gone out the door. Amazon shows an average rating of 4.4 stars; reader service BookSneeze shows above a 4-star rating. The Voice has hit No. 1 in Thomas Nelson Bible-group sales. The talk and response just keep building, paving the way for the release of the full Bible in April.

“I just love it,” says Judi Williams of Ponca City, Okla., 68 years old, retired from working with adults with physical and mental disabilities; mom of 11, grandmother of 25 and great-grandmother of five. “It is so easy to read and understand! I am reading thru the New Testament in 14 weeks and it is hard to put it down when I have to! I am really looking forward to the whole Voice Bible and have recommended it to friends. Thanks to all who worked so long and hard! It was well worth the time and effort! Blessings.”

“My attention span when reading isn’t very long, and I tend to give up quickly if something doesn’t capture me,” says Lisa Harrison, a banker in Conway, Ark., married to Jerry, mom of four. “I’m a simple child who longs to hear more of her Father’s love stories. The Voice calls and captivates me. It draws me in to Scripture with a format and language that recreates the stories and brings them to life. With The Voice, I feel like I’m child again sitting at the feet of a great storyteller, listening rather than reading and trying to decode the message. God’s Word is no longer intimidating. Thanks to The Voice I can hear my Father speaking to me, calling me to life.” 

The Voice has quickly become my favorite translation,” says Patricia Janes of New Jersey, EMT and mom of two. “With its study notes, it represents a new generation of Bible that melds together the usefulness of a study Bible, together with the simplicity of a paraphrase, in a screenplay-type of format. The Voice brings to life the words of the Bible while remaining faithful to the Gospel message. This Bible is the perfect outreach method to extend to everyone an open invitation to read and understand for themselves the life-changing message of the Bible.”

The buzz just keeps building as The Voice travels around the world, opening doors to God’s Word.

Thomas Nelson Inc. is the world’s largest Christian publisher. The company provides multiple forms of inspirational content including Bibles, books, eBooks, journals, audio, video, curriculum and digital applications for “smart” electronic devices, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Visit www.ThomasNelsonCorporate.comand www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, public relations, at jbelschner@ThomasNelson.com or at 615.902.2244

 

“The Voice is an exciting new translation,” says David “Skip” Prichard, president and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc. “Why do I think it is exciting? Because my wife commented this morning that she hasn’t seen me this engaged in reading the Bible in a while. From the moment I started in Matthew 1, I was hooked. Though I’m well-versed in various translations, I really didn’t think about any of that. I simply was absorbed. If the goal of a new translation is to get you reading, studying, and meditating, then this version is a success.”

 

“I’m not a big reader, and when I do, I tend to fall asleep….particularly with the Bible,” says Eric Rather, Thomas Nelson employee.  “Not with this one!!!  Spent 4-5 hours reading this weekend and can’t wait to dive back in this week. Thanks to all who worked on this project…it’s absolutely fantastic!!!”

 

“I LOVE it!!!!!!” says author Pete Wilson, pastor of the Crosspoint Church in Nashville, Tenn. “I’ve always been pretty traditional when it comes to my Bible translations. I’ve basically read the same translation for the past 36 years of my life. The Voice is the first translation that has made me audibly say ‘Wow.’ It’s fresh, enlightening and extremely accurate.”

 

Almost 100,000 copies of The Voice New Testament have already gone out the door. Amazon shows an average rating of 4.4 stars; reader service BookSneeze shows above a 4-star rating. The Voice has hit No. 1 in Thomas Nelson Bible-group sales. The talk and response just keep building, paving the way for the release of the full Bible in April.

 

“I just love it,” says Judi Williams of Ponca City, Okla., 68 years old, retired from working with adults with physical and mental disabilities; mom of 11, grandmother of 25 and great-grandmother of five. “It is so easy to read and understand! I am reading thru the New Testament in 14 weeks and it is hard to put it down when I have to! I am really looking forward to the whole Voice Bible and have recommended it to friends. Thanks to all who worked so long and hard! It was well worth the time and effort! Blessings.”

 

“My attention span when reading isn’t very long, and I tend to give up quickly if something doesn’t capture me,” says Lisa Harrison, a banker in Conway, Ark., married to Jerry, mom of four. “I’m a simple child who longs to hear more of her Father’s love stories. The Voice calls and captivates me. It draws me in to Scripture with a format and language that recreates the stories and brings them to life. With The Voice, I feel like I’m child again sitting at the feet of a great storyteller, listening rather than reading and trying to decode the message. God’s Word is no longer intimidating. Thanks to The Voice I can hear my Father speaking to me, calling me to life.”

 

The Voice has quickly become my favorite translation,” says Patricia Janes of New Jersey, EMT and mom of two. “With its study notes, it represents a new generation of Bible that melds together the usefulness of a study Bible, together with the simplicity of a paraphrase, in a screenplay-type of format. The Voice brings to life the words of the Bible while remaining faithful to the Gospel message. This Bible is the perfect outreach method to extend to everyone an open invitation to read and understand for themselves the life-changing message of the Bible.”

 

 

The buzz just keeps building as The Voice travels around the world, opening doors to God’s Word.

 

Thomas Nelson Incl. is the world’s largest Christian publisher. The company provides multiple forms of inspirational content including Bibles, books, eBooks, journals, audio, video, curriculum and digital applications for “smart” electronic devices, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Visit www.ThomasNelsonCorporate.comand www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

 

For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, public relations, at jbelschner@ThomasNelson.comor at 615.902.2244

                                                      

     

 

 

 

 

                                                        

February 13, 2012

A look back at 2011!


This year of our Lord 2011. Wow! What a year for the Thomas Nelson Bible Group. We have many blessings to count!   

Click here to read all about it. 

January 03, 2012

Confessions of a Recovering People-Pleaser


I’m a recovering people-pleaser. Maybe you can relate. There’s an awful lot of people to keep happy in the world, isn’t there? Family members. Coworkers. Clients. Bosses. You know how it is. -- by Ashley Linne

Check out our newest Bible blog! Click here

December 12, 2011

Thomas Nelson Wins MarCom Award for King James Version 400th Anniversary Campaign


Nashville, Tenn. –Thomas Nelson Inc., one of the world’s oldest and largest Bible publishers, has another milestone in its yearlong celebration of the King James Version Bible’s 400th anniversary.

The company’s Bible Group Marketing Team has won the prestigious platinum MarCom award for its creative KJV400 marketing strategy. The global competition, touted as the largest of its kind in the world, recognizes “outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals.”

“What an honor to have this talented and dedicated group a part of the Thomas Nelson family,” says Mark Schoenwald, President and CEO of Thomas Nelson. “Through this campaign, our Bible Marketing Team continues to carry out the company’s mission, to inspire the world. The King James Bible is an integral part of Thomas Nelson’s foundation and this team has done a great job to educate consumers about its history and cultural influence.”

Competition entrants include media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. The entries are judged by the international organization Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

“Our marketing team well deserves having this spotlight shone on them,” says Gary Davidson, Thomas Nelson Senior Vice President and Bible Group Publisher.  “Their exceptional creative programs are some of the best I’ve ever seen. I’m very proud of the work they do to spread God’s Word.”

 It was 407 years ago that King James of England gathered 54 of the best biblical scholars and linguists of the day to create a new translation of the Bible. Thomas Nelson’s campaign to share the anniversary included the Bible Legacy Event at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, a worldwide satellite media tour, partnerships with the History Channel and Salem Media Group, and recently a promotion on the CBS Times Square Jumbo Screen. A web site dedicated to the celebration – www.KJV400celebration.com– launched an online version of the Bible Legacy showcase, encouraging millions of people to view ancient biblical relics.

“It was a lot of hours and a lot of work, but it was worth it,” says Blake Aldridge, Senior Marketing Director of Thomas Nelson’s Bible Group. “The King James Version changed how the world viewed the Bible, and its legacy of language lives on today. We wanted everyone to understand how important that Bible translation is to their everyday lives, whether they realize it or not. It was a huge challenge, but this group likes challenges.”

The group’s efforts reached close to 63 million viewers through paid promotions, and countless more through publicity efforts in print, online, radio and television. Innovative design work by Thomas Nelson’s design team brought the past and present together in beautiful products that will be kept for generations. This award recognizes the dedicated perseverance of all those who worked for months to keep this version of God’s Word in the hearts of the world.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of a campaign that celebrates such a time-honored translation as the King James Version,” says Lindsay Williams, Bible Group Marketing Specialist. “This has been the largest campaign I’ve been a part of during my time at Thomas Nelson, and it’s been exciting to work on something with such a phenomenal reach! It’s been neat to see people’s reactions as they begin to understand how this translation has stood the test of time and influenced history for 400 years.”

Thomas Nelson Inc. is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with a mission to “inspire the world.” The company provides multiple formats of Bibles, inspirational books and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Visit  www.ThomasNelsonBibles.com  for more information.

For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, publicist, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor at 615.902.2244. 

November 08, 2011

Images of the team and the products


Hear The Voice of God


Pick up the Bible That Won’t Let You Put It Down

It was 407 years ago that King James of England gathered 54 of the best biblical scholars and linguists of the day to create a new translation of the Bible.

It was 7 years ago that Thomas Nelson gathered more than 100 of the best biblical scholars and linguists of today to create a new translation of the Bible.  

The King James Bible was completed in 1611; The Voice was completed in 2011.

Thomas Nelson released The Voice New Testament on Oct. 1. The full Bible is at the printers, due to be released in March 2012.

“Creating a new translation is unbelievably complicated and difficult,” says Gary Davidson, Thomas Nelson Vice-President and Bible Group Publisher. “Every translation of every word from the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic needed to be checked and rechecked. After the artists and authors wrote their verses, it was all checked again. Whether 1611 or 2011, the process is much the same.”

The original biblical verses were written by more than 40 different human authors – scholars, pastors, writers, poets and songwriters. The Voice recreates that, also using writers, poets and songwriters as well as pastors and scholars. It gives back the poetry and drama of the original writings that have been homogenized out through the centuries.

“We spent days negotiating the words,” says David Capes, Thomas Nelson Research Professor at Houston Baptist University. “These texts, some are 2,000 or 3,000 years old. We (the scholars) needed the writers to help us get the grit. The Bible is not rated PG. There are unsavory characters doing unsavory things. But we believe these are our spiritual ancestors. When I read about David, I know I am his kind.”

The King James Version was meant to be read aloud to a people who often couldn’t read. The Voice, too, is meant to be read aloud, to a people who are looking for a new way to learn God’s Word – to a people who have become, according to many, biblically illiterate. The Voice will entice readers; they will read chapters and books without realizing it’s been an hour, or two, or three.

“It was as though Matthew was speaking to me,” says Steve Decker, professor at Middle Tennessee State University, with a degree in secondary education from Tennessee Technological University and a Master’s of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, talking about The Voice. “Before I knew it I was into Mark and it was a different voice. It was as though they were talking to me in person.

“It was an unparalleled experience. It’s a bit like getting a high-definition television – the clarity of it. It’s a unique way to experience God. It’s been said that the Word of God is like a lion – you just open the cage and let it out and it can take care of itself.  In The Voice, you’ve let the lion out.”

Why “The Voice?”

The Voice, the very God through whom all was created, is called logos in Greek and has been translated as the “Word,” but truly is the expression of God: the logic, the verbalization, the speaking, the Voice. John tells us it is this Voice who creates the heavens and earth. God Speaks and worlds are born. As Genesis tells it, the cosmos begins and is shaped by God’s Voice. John could not agree more, but his unique insight comes as he identifies Jesus as that Expression or Voice.” – commentary found in The Voice New Testament

“While the ancient term logos does mean the Word, there is much more held in that expression than what we, in our time, immediately think of,” says Frank Couch, The Voice editor and Thomas Nelson Vice President for Translation Development. “In ancient Greek it literally meant the expression of an idea. The concept and the fullness of its expression is the point here and not the unique arrangement of letters.”

Hence The Voice – God is always speaking to us, vibrant and alive in the here and now.

“You will hear God as He whispers His love to you.”– Chris Seay, President Ecclesia Bible Society and scholar involved in The Voice translation

Chris Seay was the original driving force behind the translation. For many years as a pastor in Houston, he wished for a Bible translation that would be easy to understand and could be acted out by those wanting to better understand God’s Word. A friend finally said to him that maybe he was the one to make this happen. Thomas Nelson came on board with the idea, and seven years later a new force has been born, a force to spread God’s Word in a new generation in a new way.

“Our culture has changed, the times have changed,” Couch says. “This is a fresh expression of the passion, humor, grit and beauty of Scripture. It allows readers to see themselves in the story. It lets the truth and wisdom of Scripture come through.”

Visit The Voice on Facebook; visit www.HearTheVoice.com and follow The Voice on Twitter @HearTheVoice – verses are posted frequently.                                                                                

Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest and largest Bible publishers, and is a leading provider of products and live events emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family-value themes. Visit www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information. For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, publicist, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor at 615.902.2244.

 

Available for interviews:

Frank Couch, The Voice editor and Thomas Nelson Vice President for Translation Development

Chris Seay, President Ecclesia Bible Society and scholar involved in The Voice translation

David Capes, Thomas Nelson Research Professor at Houston Baptist University

Gary Davidson, Thomas Nelson Vice-President and Bible Group Publisher

Other scholars and writers as schedule permits 

October 10, 2011

Images of The Voice and the scholars


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