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The Message Study Bible: Capturing the Notes and Reflections of Eugene H. Peterson Hardcover – January 19, 2012
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The Message Study Bible combines this best-selling contemporary translation with personal insights from Peterson’s lifetime of studying the Word. With 640 study notes from his writings and sermons, contemplative readings and prayers, and a unique “Reading the Scriptures” essay, this study Bible gives readers a new appreciation for God’s Word.
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• 640 notes from the writings and sermons of Eugene H. Peterson
• A topical concordance on eighty different subject matters
• Contemplative readings and prayers throughout the text
• Peterson's introductory essay “Reading the Scriptures”
• A comprehensive bibliography of Peterson’s writings
• Peterson's biography and the complete list of translation consultants for The Message
• Blank pages for personal notes and reflections
• Verse-numbered, single-column format, making The Message a true reading Bible
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.
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I love reading the Bible and finding new colors by reading English translations even though my mother tongue is German and I have read through many of the german translations. I learned to appreciate the clarity of the NLT and the olden beauty of King James Version (and I also tried ESV and NIV). But my first encounter with The Message was overwhelming: Never in my life I read such a lively, transparent, intelligible and though fully authentic translation!
Eugene Petersons unique Intros are really great and helpful - be a starter or an old hand! Peterson briefly explains the focus of every biblical book at the beginning, opening one's mind for aspects you might never have discovered, and at the same time making you keen to go on and start reading that Bible book yourself. Only one disadvantage for a German like me: You MUST be comfortable with reading in English language and even then might need a dictionary for this rich treasury of words. Still, I am sure such words are not new for you because they are ancient and out of use. Even though he is a child of the 1930's, Peterson is quite a contemporary writer.Read more ›
I am not new to reading the Bible. I have read and taught the Bible for over 40 years. This book brings new freshness to what I already know, and I've given it to several people as gifts. I highly recommend it.
Size: This book is big and heavy. If you're looking for a version of the Message to take with you to church, this ISN'T it.
Quality: The book seems well put together, and lays flat very easily when opened. The paper, however, is /extremely/ thin and borders on transparent. I'm a big highlighter, and after trying to highlight one phrase I instantly regretted it-- bled through to the other side and nearly onto the following page. If you're going to mark up this book, pencil is likely your only option. In most cases, this would be enough to upset me, but the thing about the Message is that, contrary to the term 'Study Bible', it's really meant to be read like a novel.
What's Inside: The Message. For every book in the Message there is an introduction. Having just started reading through it, I can say that the introduction to The Books of Moses (right before Genesis) was actually pretty eye-opening, so I'm hopeful for the others as well. Throughout the chapters are smaller sections where the author has written down their notes, thoughts, or suggestions for theme contemplation found in other parts of the bible. The notes so far have been a hit and miss with me-- some of them put a spin on a section I wouldn't have thought much of prior, while others just feel a bit repetitive. Fast forward to the end of the The Message and you come across a section titled 'Topical Concordance'.Read more ›
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This Bible was laughable, it read like a novel and you couldn't help but laugh at what the scriptures sounded like. I would never recommend this Bible to anyone.Published 24 days ago by Lynda Johnson
Really enjoying this study and the notes from Rev Peterson throughout. I wouldn't use it for my primary Bible but it's great for real digesting the heart of the Word. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth Hawke
Love The Message. I use this in the unchurched community -- it's a super ministry tool! Also is my current daily devotional Bible. I like Peterson's insight and comments. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keyman