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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 »
ISBN-13: 9780891097280
ISBN-10: 0891097287
Publication Date: 6/1993
Pages: 544
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Publisher: Navpress
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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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.
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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.
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This is a great, easy to understand version of the bible. It sheds light on hard-to-understand passages.
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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.
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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!
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Excellent for personal reading and devotions. Also very good for quoting from. This is a paraphrase in our American English (or should I say Canadian?).


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