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It is in the spirit of this "soiled ordinariness" that Eugene Peterson translates John 1:14 (NIV: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us") to "The word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood." Likewise, in Romans 8:3 where the NIV renders "For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering," The Message reads, "God went for the jugular when he sent his own son.... In his son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all." Peterson offers no pretense of elevated language or intellectualism, only the insistence that God is relevant in 20th-century work-week and weekend lives.
This kind of translation is not a new enterprise, however. Tyndale--the man singularly responsible for our English translations of the Bible--is purported to have said in a dispute with opposing clergy, "If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost." We're simply glad someone of our own generation chose to do the same. --Benjamin Gebhardt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great translation, Good thick pages, NT only and it's a heavy book. the cover has an odd waxy feeling. Please click the yes button if you liked this review, thanksPublished 9 days ago by Travis
Got a few for my Bible Study class. It's in everyday English so it's easier for people to understand. I love it!Published 9 days ago by Rebecca Vasquez
Too hepped up and removed from the NKJV or NIV versions.. not to my taste or liking.Published 10 days ago by Kathleen Powell-rutkas
Bought this accurate rendition of the Holy Bible for my grandson. It was well received.Published 14 days ago by Gertrude Aldrich
Too much artistic license. I am a avid reader of scripture, all versions, but this one is a bit out there. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Nancy E. Koorey
Easy to read and understand. Modern day language without losing the Biblical truth.Published 23 days ago by Connie Kearns