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The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language Kindle Edition
What makes The Message the best reading Bible? Discover for yourself.
- Feel the impact of a Bible translated into conversational English.
- Find passages with The Message’s unique verse-numbered paragraphs.
- See the big picture with “The Story of the Bible in Five Acts,” alongside handcrafted timelines and charts.
From the Publisher
Experience the Surprise and Wonder of God's Word
The powerful clarity of The Message Bible makes understanding simple, so even first-time Bible readers will sense the deeper truths stirring in God's Word. The unexpected passion and personality awakens long-time Bible Readers from their sleepy routines, renewing the desire to hear God's voice.
There is much in the Bible that is hard to understand especially when consumed a verse at a time. The Message is a reading Bible, meant to be read as a story, chapter by chapter. Virtually anyone can read this Bible with understanding. You are going to hear stories that will take you out of your preoccupation with yourself and into the spacious freedom in which God is working the world's salvation. You are going ot come acrss words and sentences that stab you awake to a beauty and hope that will connect you with your real life.
From the Heart of a Pastor
Eugene H. Peterson was a pastor, scholar, writer, and poet. After pastoring for thirty years, Peterson spent ten more creating The Message - a Bible brimming with the life God has for today's readers. Translating the ancient languages into modern English, Eugene's mission remained clear: help his congregation enjoy the Bible and draw people closer to their creator and redeemer.
Praise for The Message
'The Message offers vibrant language that awakens my heart to the wonders of God's Word again and again.'
Margaret Feinberg - author of Fight Back with Joy.
'There's a translation of Scriptures that this guy Eugene Peterson has undertaken. It has been a great strength to me. He's a poet and a scholar, and he's brought the text back to the tone in which the books were written.'
Bono - lead singer of the music group U2.
'Seems like forever since I've picked up a Bible that made the stories so fresh and new. My name is on that long list of folks who love to read The Message. What a friend this Bible has become.'
Max Lucado - pastor and best-selling author.
'Wonderfully alive. The Message is full of surprises, excitement, and the ring of authentic human speech and feeling.'
Frederick Buechner - author of The Son of Laughter and Godric.
From the Back Cover
About the Author
It took Peterson ten years to complete. He worked not from any English text but from the original Hebrew and Greek texts to guarantee authenticity. At the same time, his ear was always tuned to the cadence and energy of the English spoken every day on the streets. He lives with his wife, Jan, in Montana. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00IV3836G
- Publisher : NavPress (February 1, 2014)
- Publication date : February 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 14347 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 4791 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,045 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here's another way to put it: you're here to be the light, bringing out the God colors to the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill....."
Amazing! In my view, at least, The Message offers a more immediate sense of the meaning of the passage.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: Eugene Peterson, a retired pastor and professor, is a superb translator, as well he would be after years of teaching Biblical languages at the University level. In addition, he is very much in tune with the language of American society today. His paraphrased translation was overseen by a large number of Bible scholars to ensure it's reliability.
ABOUT THIS EDITION: Many reviewers have discussed how wonderful The Message Bible is to read. So, I would like to address some of the features of The Message Bible itself. If you bring up The Message Bibles, either on Amazon or at the publisher's (NavPress) site, there are now so many editions, it gets a little crazy trying to sort them all out! Here is a little clarification:
1.) "The Message" (original) does not include verse numbers because it is meant as a reading Bible, rather than a study Bible.
2.) "The Message:Remix" DOES include verse numbers.
3.) The edition I am reviewing here, "The Message: Numbered Edition, The Bible in Contemporary Language", offers the verse numbers plus several new features over the Remix editions.
This edition I am reviewing is one of the less expensive of the new numbered editions, and I thought I had settled for one of those slick hardcover editions because of my low budget. However, much to my surprise, it comes in a beautiful navy blue, padded, hard cover that is wonderfully nice to the touch. The title is in silver. At Amazon's low price, I feel it is a great bargain!
The new Numbered Editions come with several updated features over the older The Message:Remix Bibles.
Though the font is a bit fainter than I would like (at age 62!), I DO find it to be surprisingly readable! The pages are of a very nice French paper, in a lovely cream color that is easy on the eyes. This edition is apparently one-half pound lighter than the older Remix editions. It's still hefty, so I will say that I am happy that the publisher managed to lighten it up a bit!
As mentioned above, The Message: Numbered Edition is much more a reading Bible than a study Bible. You will definitely want to keep your regular study Bibles on hand!
In all, I am very happy with this wonderful edition of The Message. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read the Bible with a more immediate sense of understanding and with great enjoyment! :)
His preambles to each of the Bible's books are also worth the time to read. His preface to the Psalms, includes this response to people who asked him about the psalms as prayer:
"Did you think that these would be prayers of nice people? Did you think that psalmists language would be polished and polite?"
Also, he writes, Untutored, we think that prayer is what good people do when they are doing their best. It is not. Inexperienced, w suppose that there must be an "insider" language that must be acquired before God takes us seriously in prayer. There is not. Prayer is elemental, not advanced, language. It is the means by which our language becomes honest, true, and personal in response to God....
I also like the basic approach he takes to rendering the practical advice that John gives us in 1 Jn 1: 8-10, viz., "If we claim that we're free of sin, we're only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins--make a clean breast of them--he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we've never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God--make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God."
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At first I was quite impressed. The language used can be a bit cringeworthy (at times it comes across like a dad trying to sound 'down there with the kids) but even so, it cracked along nicely. The historical books (Genesis to Esther) were much easier to follow than the more accurate translations, although I kept a regular NIV to hand to dig out the inaccuracies. Job was particularly enjoyable although the description of the Leviathan was a bit lame.
Then came the Psalms and everything fell apart. All the majesty, the power, the pure poetry - gone to be replaced by something empty and dreadfully flat.
I persevered and found a little relief in Proverbs. I quite liked Isaiah too, although a lot of the paraphrasing was far too loose at times. But of course, that is subjective.
The Gospels were okay but the epistles lacked bite; and Revelation? Aw heck, who can make head or tail of that anyway, but again, too heavy on the paraphrasing for my liking.
In the end it was okay, but not a patch on the real thing- whichever proper translation you choose.
The content of the Bible is huge, so paper versions are either big/heavy/expensive or small-font/thin-paper. The Kindle overcomes all these problems.
It tells us how to live, why to live that way, and offers an insight into the history of the place now known as Israel. There is something in it......
Some may dislike how verses are often grouped rather than kept individual, but the style lends a poetic feel to the text. The kindle version of The Message itself is not perfect, with navigation being far from intuitive or helpful. That said, this is the best Kindle version available (at the time of writing) for what to me is today an essential interpretation of the Bible.
I thought this book would be more of a modern day interpretation, the prime characters on the streets of today, doing what they did, but with a modern backdrop
I deleted the kindle version after 10 minutes I'm sorry to say