David Capes is the Thomas Nelson Research Professor at Houston Baptist University. He is the author of numerous publications and is one of the top scholars and writers for The Voice, a new Bible translation that reads like a story with all of the truth and wisdom of God's Word. To illustrate how The Voice transports the reader into the Bible's narrative, Dr. Capes shows how the Bible's first verse reads in this new dynamic rendering of Scripture compared to a more traditional Bible version.
Here is Genesis 1:1 in the King James Version:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
That is a brilliant, simple, accurate translation of the Hebrew. As we thought about our intended audience, however, it dawned on us how different the word “heavens” and “earth” are for us today compared to the ancients.