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The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary English
The Message The New Testament in Contemporary English Author:Eugene H. Peterson THE NEW TESTAMENT LIKE YOU'VE NEVER READ IT BEFORE. When was the last time you really enjoyed just reading the Bible? If it was a while ago (or if you can't remember), then it's time for The Message. The Message brings the original Greek of the New Testament into everyday English-and right into your life. The language is clear, comfortable, ... more »and easy to understand-the same real, down-to-earth words you'd use to write a letter or talk with friends. And like a best-selling novel, The Message is a great story that's as practical, relevant, and surprising as the original New Testament was for its first readers centuries ago. So take a look inside-and find out for yourself what a good read the Bible can be! "This edition of the New Testament is just amazing! I feel like I've been reintroduced to Jesus. I'm already recommending The Message to everyone who wants to read God's Word in language that is alive and kicking-including the two teenagers who live right under my own roof!"-Duffy Robbins, youth speaker, author, and Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, Eastern College "Since being given a copy of The Message, I haven't wanted to put it down. I'm always reading on to find out what happens next, and it constantly takes me by surprise. The fresh angle and format of The Message will make you realize your capacity to experience the truth of Jesus in one fell swoop. A must read!"-Amy Grant, Christian recording artist "Sometimes while I'm reading The Message, I catch myself laughing out loud or getting goose bumps. But I have a hunch that that's how the original version of the New Testament affected its readers way back then, too. The Message is a real page-turner."-Wayne Rice, co-founder of Youth Specialties and managing editor of Youth Worker Journal "The Message is the boldest and most provocative rendering of the New Testament I've ever read. If you've become so comfortable with your Bible reading that the Scriptures no longer excite you, then this book is what you need."-Warren W. Wiersbe, author of Be Joyful and Be Real "The Message is original and refreshing. Eugene Peterson has stayed true to the text and yet made it come alive for today's generation. I have already found myself using The Message when I speak."-Jim Burns, president, National Institute of Youth Ministry "Eugene Peterson's blend of accurate scholarship and vivid idiom makes this rendering both distinctive and distinguished. The Message catches the logical flow, personal energy, and imaginative overtones of the original very well indeed."-J.I. Packer, author of Knowing God and professor of theology, Regent College« less
It is my understanding that this version is a translation from the original Greek, and not a paraphrase. The intent of the author was to phrase things in modern language so his congregation could understand the nuances they seemed to be missing when studying one of the New Testament books. It isn't really meant to stand alone but to enhance the meaning that was lost in translation in the the other versions. Language is constantly changing and in order to understand the real meaning of Scripture, we need to speak the same language.
Personally, my Bible reading was getting automatic and stale. I had to push myself to do it because I should. Then I switched to The Message and Scripture came alive again, seeing things in it I had missed and the best part of all, I WANT to read more. I still take my NIV to church and Bible studies, but I often read The Message when I'm preparing and sometimes take it with me to share the differences. It's a great tool in helping today's generation understand what Scripture is really saying.
I ordered this particular book because I was giving the version a "test drive," to see if I really wanted to purchase this new. This is a great paraphrasing of the Bible. The language is inviting to those interested in reading the Book. And it has, so I will purchase this new, in a nicer, fancier binding.
As for this compact, easy to carry paperback, the print is smaller than most paperback. Actually, it's almost too small. I know there is much to cram into about 500 pages, but the book size takes away from the leisure-reading aspect of this Bible.
Wilma G. (mygoo) reviewed The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary English on
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this is not my first copy of The Message. I have my own copy, but I also got one for my sister-in-law who is a new Christian. She then gave a copy to her mother and talked to a friend about getting one. This is particularly useful for new Christians who always thought the Bible was "dry reading" and didn't understand it.
The Bible is God revealing Himself to mankind. He shows different aspects of Himself throughout His book. Reading The Message reveals WHY people were furious with Jesus. A fresh look at the same truths with the lenses of relationship to clear one's vision. A MUST READ, after all the Bible was never intended to be a textbook!