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Readers who have either found the Bible to be an intimidating proposition or who are so familiar with it that the words have lost their meaning will discover that Eugene Peterson's The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language is a welcome way to read and reread one of the best-loved books of all time. It's directly translated from the Greek and Hebrew texts and is intentionally designed to be a reading Bible rather than a study Bible. Each of the 66 books has an introduction by Peterson, and there are no verse numbers to interrupt the flow of the passages.

The vibrant flavor of the text is evident from the opening verses of the book of Genesis: "First this: God created the Heavens and Earth--all you see; all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness."

There's renewed vigor in some of Jesus' most well-known words of the New Testament in John 3: "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again."

Whether it's the poetry of the Psalms, the thundering tirades of the Old Testament prophets, or the ageless words of Jesus, Peterson breaths new life into timeless passages in this fresh-voiced paraphrase. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Voted as "Book of the Decade" by the Academy of Parish Clergy (2003) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Leather Bound: 1736 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (September 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576838382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576838389
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,657,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peterson, now retired, was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message (NavPress), he has written many other books.

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719 of 730 people found the following review helpful By S.A.M. on October 29, 2005
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This latest edition of the paraphrased Bible "The Message" is wonderful! The full title is "The Message: Numbered Edition, The Bible in Contemporary Language". It seems that with each new edition, The Message titles get longer!

I have enjoyed chapter after chapter since I received this edition a couple of weeks ago from Amazon. I keep my New American Standard Bible (NASB) and my HarperCollins New Revised Standard (NRS) Study Bible close at hand while I read The Message. Thus, if needed, I can look up a passage to make certain I am understanding the full context of the Message translation. This research in comparing passages is increasing my understanding of the Bible.

The Message makes clearer, in today's language, what many biblical passages mean. I find this wonderful paraphrase to be full of "aha" moments when a passage I may have glossed over or didn't fully understand, in the past, finally comes to life.

One of my favorite examples: The NASB gives Matthew 5:13-14 (a portion of the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus is explaining how things are to his disciples) as:

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;...."

I have heard and read these words many times, but the complete meaning was not there (for me).

Now, read it in today's language. Here is The Message translation/paraphrase for the same passage:

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be the salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?
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559 of 594 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Morehouse on September 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
While reviewing the various comments about this work, I kept thinking about my initial experience when the Message New Testament was being prepared for its introduction a few years ago. I was working the Customer Service desk at NavPress (the books publisher) at the time. Because of my religious training, I didn't consider this a Bible either, I thought of it as a devotional work, or a cute little paraphrase. It wasn't the authoritative "Word of God," however. Then something profound happened.
When the book was released, calls started coming in...incredible calls! People who would never read a Bible read The Message and made new commitments to walk a life of faith. Others who had experienced stagnation in their walk were renewed and strengthened. Because of this, I began to read the work, and experienced new depths in my Christian experience. In fact, several of the encounters I personally experienced were so powerful and life changing that to this day I can't discuss them without tears. Then, instead of putting my other translations into retirement, I began to study and appreciate them more fully, and I now read the KJV and NJB regularly.
I've shared the above because I've read recent reviews that accuse The Message of being a watered down Gospel, a failed rendering, or a comic book edition of the scripture. Maybe so, but the Holy Spirit uses it to change peoples lives. I know this from listening to hundreds of stories, and experiencing it first hand.
My suggestion is that you read "The Message" and see if the Holy Spirit speaks to you through it. If the Spirit does, continue to read it, if the Spirit doesn't, put the book down and find something else. It's that simple...and there's no need to berate it if it doesn't suit your spiritual temperament.
By the way, I no longer work for NavPress or the Navigators, and I have no book to sell you on Bible translations. Sorry!
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163 of 176 people found the following review helpful By C. Martin on October 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Since the complete Message Bible was introduced in 2002, I have enjoyed its translation but have often wished for numbered verses. I found that I was unable to use my Message translation in church or in Bible study.

I was thrilled to see the new numbered edition on my store shelf. It is just what I was looking for!

The Message is a wonderful translation because it helps the reader to relate today's events and language with what the Bible is saying. I find often that after I read The Message translation, I am better able to understand and more likely to read again the more complex translations.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By BHAnderson on October 27, 2007
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Let me say this first, I don't want to discourage anyone from buying this contemporary interpretation of the scriptures. I find the language used is refreshing and down right funny at times. I have enjoyed reading "The Message". I commend the job Mr.Peterson did on this interpretation. That said, I feel that "The Message" is not written in the language that I would use talking to friends over coffee about the Bible, nor the language that I would use telling my 4 year old granddaughter about the Bible, but I am a 50 year old man. I think this interpretation my be well geared to the high school or collage student. I am an educated man and I find some passages in the Old Testament I have to stop and clarify in my mind what is he saying. Some of the words he used are not words that I use on a daily basis. I would advise anyone interested in an easy to read and understand interpretation of the Bible to also look at the, NIV, New Living Bible or the New Century Bible. The "NIV/The Message" parallel is a great choice. I would give it "5 stars". If you are like me and already have The New Living Bible, NCB, or NIV, I would say, yes, buy the "The Message" It is fun to read. If you are using a KJV then I would say please buy one of the new interpretations in contemporary English, so you can understand what you are reading. It does no good to read the Bible if you don't understand what you are reading. The KJV is also an interpretation of the Holy Bible. God did not speak in KJV. It was written so people who lived in 1611 could better understand the Bible, so if you don't speak in 16 century English you are going to have a hard time understanding the KJV.
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