RENOWNED WRITERS AND ARTISTS RETELL THE STORY OF THE BIBLE WITH WORDS, ART, AND MUSIC
April 3, 2006 (Nashville, Tenn.) -- Imagine experiencing the Bible as a collection of stories, poems and songs. Imagine the Bible being translated not by scholars, but by poets, writers, musicians, artists and historians. What would the Bible look and sound like then?
The Voice is a new project from a team of renowned writers and artists --people like Erwin McManus, Leonard Sweet, Don Miller, Lauren Winner and Brian McLaren. The goal: Retell the Bible the way it was originally told -- through art, poetry, history, and song. And retell it in ways that are contemporary, ancient, literary, challenging and beautiful.
The brainchild of Chris Seay, a speaker, writer and pastor, The Voice is a series of books, songs, and images that will eventually retell the entire biblical story -- from Genesis to Revelation. More than a Bible translation, The Voice is an effort to recapture the story of the Bible by utilizing the talents of dozens of renowned writers and artists . . . (http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR040106A.html).
[TBC: "I Love to Tell the Story" is an old hymn which has blessed many through the years and glaringly contrasts with this new project. They "love to REtell the story." As we have seen, similar efforts such as Eugene Peterson's "The Message" has "retold" the Bible and stolen the heavenly author's message with the frail limitations of human interpretation. In a similar manner, one can reasonably and sadly expect a similar setting aside of the truth of the Scriptures in favor of personal interpretation. Even the inspired men who wrote down the Scriptures were not giving us their interpretation, but spoke "as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:20, 21).