The name Jesus Christ doesn’t appear in The Voice, a new translation of the Bible.
Nor do words such as angel or apostle. Instead, angel is rendered as messenger and apostle as emissary. Jesus Christ is Jesus the Anointed One or the liberating king.
That’s a more accurate translation for modern American readers, says David Capes, lead scholar for The Voice, a complete edition released this month by publishing company Thomas Nelson. Capes says that many people, even those who’ve gone to church for years, don’t realize that the word “Christ” is a title.
“They think that Jesus is his first name and Christ is his last name,” says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University in Texas.
Seven years in the making, The Voice is the latest entry into the crowded field of English Bible translations.
Unlike the updated New International Version and the Common English Bible â€” both released last year â€” much of The Voice is formatted like a screenplay or novel. Translators cut out the “he said” and “they said” and focused on dialogue. [more]