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NASB/The Message Parallel Bible (New American Standard) Hardcover – September 7, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: New American Standard
  • Hardcover: 2176 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310927315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310927310
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Message Designed to read like a letter from God, The Message presents Scripture the way it originally appeared, as a naturally flowing narrative. Using only the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, The Message’s creator, Eugene Peterson, began by setting the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs in contemporary English, free of distracting verse numbers and stiff, formal language. The result has been a warm, highly readable paraphrase that reveals the richly personal nature of God’s Word. The Old Testament followed, and the complete Message Bible was released in 2002. Used in both public preaching and private devotions, The Message has captured the hearts of millions of readers, enriching their understanding of Scripture and deepening their faith.

The New American Standard Bible In the mid-20th century, The Lockman Foundation saw the need for a new translation based upon the values that inspired the revered American Standard Version (ASV). Employing the same exacting word-for-word approach as the ASV, a world-class team of conservative translators and scholars drew on the strengths of its predecessor and on new Hebrew and Greek textual sources to produce an all-new translation. The New American Standard Bible (NASB) was released in its entirety in 1971, and was updated in 1995 to render it more understandable to modern-English readers. It is recognized as today’s most accurate word-for-word translation.

The most literal translation and bestselling paraphrase together in one volume • The NASB and The Message side by side • Instant comparison deepens your grasp of Scripture • Double-column format

If your translation of choice is the New American Standard Bible (NASB)

and if you appreciate The Message for the freshness and clarity it brings to your reading of the Bible

then you’ll love The Message/NASB Parallel Bible.

Setting The Message and the NASB together for the first time ever, this Bible allows you to instantly compare Eugene Peterson’s bestselling paraphrase and today’s most literal word-for-word modern translation.

The Message/NASB Parallel Bible features:

• The story-like flow and penetrating insights of The Message. Emphasizing a narrative reading of the Bible, The Message is treasured by countless Christians for the way its contemporary language illuminates ageless truths. • The trustworthy, literal interpretation of the Updated NASB, today’s foremost word-for-word modern translation. The NASB is used by millions of people, from scholars to pastors to everyday Bible readers who appreciate a more literal translation of God’s Word. • Double-column format. • Ribbon marker (leather edition only).

Customer Reviews

It is said to be the most literal.
J. L. Schram
Have enjoyed the Bible (especially like having Message right there next to good, reliable translation like NASB).
Christopher Smith
I recommend anyone that's a Christian, no matter if you are new or seasoned, to purchase this Bible!
K. L. Robinson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Shore on November 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It took me several years to get drawn to the Message style (the book of Romans is particularly a MUST read in this heart-opening translation!), and I am much too "into" precision to read the Message without a literal translation by its side (I would consider the Message a paraphrase--highly useful but not appropriate as a stand-alone for serious study). So it was definitely God's perfect timing that I found myself looking for a copy of the Message Bible just when this parallel was available for pre-order. In recent years, I'd come to use the NASB as my "base" translation, typically finding it more accurate than others when I investigate the Hebrew or Greek (though with some verses I'm more impressed by the NKJV, which I would also gladly commend as a readable and beautiful "base" version for those who are "into" words). So I eagerly anticipated receiving the Message with my base translation side by side. And I have not been let down save one quibble: Namely, it would be enormously helpful for me if the Message text was also numbered. Even with the passages side by side, it often takes a long while to figure out what portion of the Message corresponds to which verse in the NASB. (Although the translator intended the Message not to be broken up by the verse numbers you find in most translations, there ARE numbered versions of the Message now available, but they are not parallels). Generally the Message is wordier, causing the corresponding NASB to fall on quite a different part of the page, and in those books of the Bible in which the authors hearken back to the same ideas a lot, figuring out just what corresponds to the NASB verse can slow me down enormously.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Schram on September 17, 2007
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I just love The Message. Of course it's not a literal translation, but the author has an amazing grasp on the heart of the Revealed Word. The Message leans heavily on metaphor to convey the intent of the text, and the metaphors used in nearly all cases ring true. Some are so true they draw tears to my eyes (probably because they just hit me right between them). They make understanding the intention unavoidable, and are very compelling.

The introduction is stand-out priceless. Here is a bold assertion: the introduction to this version makes it a useful starting-point, maybe as a gift for someone who ordinarily wouldn't want to sit down and read a Bible for whatever reason. It cuts right through the usual arguments of skeptics by setting the terms of the discussion from the beginning, laying out plainly (and endearingly) what the Bible is and why it is what it is. It makes it easier to see it on its own terms, aside from a million rumors.

The NASB on parallel is good. It is said to be the most literal. I have not researched who says it is the most literal, but there you have it. It makes a good companion to the Message, and I think I like this pairing better than, say, the NIV, for instance. I originally looked for a KJV parallel but found none, and now I can see the reason for this. Its translation is close enough to the KJV to be able to be followed easily but the idiom is more current and broadly accessible. (I am raised Southern Baptist at a time when all memorization was done in KJV and the nuances of the idiom were still commonly understood. We all started in choir as soon as we could read, too. Obviously, those days are gone -- and won't come back no matter how tenaciously we hold onto our thees and thous and 'the way we were'.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Robinson on July 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recommend anyone that's a Christian, no matter if you are new or seasoned, to purchase this Bible! Not to say that any other Bible you choose isn't good, because all Bibles reveals God's message to us, but I found this one to be so helpful in my understanding of God's Word. The Message is a really good tool to summarize or help explain any verse that may be confusing. I read this Bible along with my NKJV Bible (the Extreme Word Bible just in case you wanted to know) everyday, and I enjoy every minute of it!! If you do purchase this Bible, I hope that it is a blessing to you as it is to me.

Many Blessings to you and yours and Have a Wonderful Day! :-)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dean Eppley on February 24, 2008
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The only concern is for the small font size necessitated by two translations in a side-by-side layout. It is becoming a bigger issue as my "age related" macular degeneration continues to progress.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Bowles on January 9, 2007
Format: Leather Bound
This Bible brings one the most literally-word-for-word translated version and the most liberally spirit-of-the-text modern reading. A wonderful, wonderful reading Bible.
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Heed not the review that dismisses The Message as mere Bible stories rather than the Bible. The Message's own claim is to be a "paraphrase", on one end of the continuum on which all Bible translations fall (with the NASB on the other), from those the most literal (NASB) to the most liberal (NOT in political/theological sense, but translational). Along that continuum lie various blends of balancing these 2 extremes, i.e., "literal" word-for-word translation, and conveying the actual "meaning" expressed by the original language to the readers of that time. The NIV's near the middle of that range, while the TNIV and NKJV go further towards the "meaning" side, & others can be found along the other side of the continuum closer to the NASB but still retaining a translational blend of the "literal" and "meaning" approaches. I think Zondervan (major Bible publisher) has a visual reference of this continuum somewhere on their website. Personally, I find the term "paraphrase" a too humble, too understated word to describe how this particular author/translator/paraphraser breathed new life into the greatest true story ever told, unveiling the shining "picture" that has, for many, been long-hidden under layers of obscuring semantic-dust, opening the Bible's beauty, depth, and passion to those who don't have decades to become a pastor and seminary professor and wrestle daily with the difficulties of where the rubber of the millennia-old text meets the road of 21st Century readers. I hope only the fewest of readers believe that translated words should be literally adhered to outside of their cultural meaning at that time and thus blindly applied to our time (and future times, for that matter), despite the unfathomable cultural and linguistic changes that've taken place between & now.Read more ›
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