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The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language [Paperback]

By Eugene H. Peterson (Author)
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Pages   544
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.27 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1994
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  0891097937  
EAN  9780891097938  
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When was the last time you really enjoyed just reading the Bible? If it was a while ago (or if you can't remember), then it's time for The Message.

The Message brings the original Greek of the New Testament into everyday English-and right into your life. The language is clear, comfortable, and easy to understand-the same real, down-to-earth words you'd use to write a letter or talk with friends.

And like a best-selling novel, The Message is a great story that's as practical, relevant, and surprising as the original New Testament was for its first readers centuries ago. So take a look inside-and find out for yourself what a good read the Bible can be!

"This edition of the New Testament is just amazing! I feel like I've been reintroduced to Jesus. I'm already recommending The Message to everyone who wants to read God's Word in language that is alive and kicking-including the two teenagers who live right under my own roof!"-Duffy Robbins, youth speaker, author, and Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, Eastern College

"Since being given a copy of The Message, I haven't wanted to put it down. I'm always reading on to find out what happens next, and it constantly takes me by surprise. The fresh angle and format of The Message will make you realize your capacity to experience the truth of Jesus in one fell swoop. A must read!"-Amy Grant, Christian recording artist

"Sometimes while I'm reading The Message, I catch myself laughing out loud or getting goose bumps. But I have a hunch that that's how the original version of the New Testament affected its readers way back then, too. The Message is a real page-turner."-Wayne Rice, co-founder of Youth Specialties and managing editor of Youth Worker Journal

"The Message is the boldest and most provocative rendering of the New Testament I've ever read. If you've become so comfortable with your Bible reading that the Scriptures no longer excite you, then this book is what you need."-Warren W. Wiersbe, author of Be Joyful and Be Real

"The Message is original and refreshing. Eugene Peterson has stayed true to the text and yet made it come alive for today's generation. I have already found myself using The Message when I speak."-Jim Burns, president, National Institute of Youth Ministry

"Eugene Peterson's blend of accurate scholarship and vivid idiom makes this rendering both distinctive and distinguished. The Message catches the logical flow, personal energy, and imaginative overtones of the original very well indeed."-J.I. Packer, author of Knowing God and professor of theology, Regent College

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More About Eugene H. Peterson

Eugene H. Peterson Eugene H. Peterson (born November 6, 1932), is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language[1] (Navpress Publishing Group, 2002), a contemporary translation of the Bible.

Peterson was born in East Stanwood, Washington and grew up in Kalispell, Montana. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his S.T.B. from New York Theological Seminary, and his M.A. in Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds several honorary doctoral degrees. In 1962, Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He was Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia until retiring in 2006. He now lives in Montana.

Eugene H. Peterson currently resides in Vancouver. Eugene H. Peterson was born in 1932.

Eugene H. Peterson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Experiencing God
  2. First Book Challenge
  3. Growing in Christ
  4. Lifeguide Bible Studies
  5. Message

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Reads like a Novel!  Jan 12, 2007
The Bible is God revealing Himself to mankind. He shows different aspects of Himself throughout His book. Reading The Message reveals WHY people were furious with Jesus. A fresh look at the same truths with the lenses of relationship to clear one's vision. A MUST READ, after all the Bible was never intended to be a textbook!
Resurrecting Christian Language  Jan 26, 2006
The great Christian novelist Walker Percy once lamented that the words of Christianity had become devalued and almost meaningless: "The old words of grace are worn smooth as poker chips."

Walker Percy, as always, was right. The story of Christ still carries the news of salvation, but if nobody can hear that story anymore because the words sound so worn out, there's not a lot of hope.

That's why I love Eugene Peterson's efforts in The Message. Our Christian language has become so old that it's nearly impossible for a large section of the culture to hear it. In The Message, however, Peterson is breaking down that barrier. He is contributing to the great, ongoing project of resurrecting the language of Christianity so that the word of God may live again.
Doc's View  Jul 25, 2005
I already had a copy of The Message and use it daily. I love it. I also use it for my students in bible classes.

However, I have not yet received my order of 10 copies of The Message from this site. The postal service did not send them onto our new address at 887 Shady Fork Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421, even though all of our regular mail has been forwarded. Instead they return the shipment. I have tried to contact this site to clear up this matter, but have not found a way to contact this site. Therfore, I would sincerely appreciate some form of communication from this site as to how to retrieve my order.

I hope someone will read this plea for assistance, and get back to me ASAP. I have students waiting for these books.

Michael Farrand
Good, but for a limited audience...  Dec 29, 2004
I have scanned over the Message version of the NT, and find it not quite as offensive as I had feared.

For those who are worried about the "jots and tittles," they will find no solace here. But then again, if we are to believe the critics, generations of scribes and scholars had already purýe the true Word of God, centuries ago.

Peterson had decided to connect the remaining dots, but by using a rather wide brush. You lose the details, but the overall picture turned out pretty good.

But what should you do with it? It is not literal enough to be used as a study bible. You can't even find a specific verse, at least in this paperback version. If you need a simple version to use in a real bible study, may I recommend the NCV?

I think I would consider giving it to a young person, tween-aged-to-twenty-something, who has had no significant biblical exposure, but a mild, or potential, interest in knowing who Jesus is, and what He wants him or her to do with their life. Yeah, give them the book, with, perhaps, a tract on how the NT is laid out, and let them read it at their own pace, offering to answer any questions that might come up. If it sparks their interest, then they can eventually move up to a more literal translation. But if not, I don't think it would be the fault of this book.

As to some of the criticisms I have seen from other readers:

Yes, if you think calling Jesus "Master" is "New Age," then I guess it is. But guess what? If that young person has watched Saturday Morning cartoons during the last ten years, they already have been exposed to more "New Age" doctrine than you could ever imagine.

There have been those who say that this version is soft on sin, particularly on homosexuality. They apparently had not checked out its first chapter of Romans.

And yes, if you insist that we are saved by "faith alone," then this is definitely not the book for you. For example, in John 3:16, Peterson has resisted the trend in modern translations to escalate "should not perish," up, and out, to "will not perish."

Instead, he wrote: "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."

I cannot find any more "serious" faults in this version of the Bible than I can in most others.

If it can get someone into Heaven, I will not stand in its way.

But I only gave it three stars because I think it has limited appeal, like bikes with training wheels.
Deceptive New Age Paraphrase of the Bible  Nov 5, 2004
The Message is not a translation of biblical scripture. True translation is taking the original Greek and Hebrew texts, being very careful to preserve their true meaning as much as possible, word by word and phrase by phrase, while translating them into another language so that the exact meaning is kept intact, nothing is removed or added, and there is no discrepancy about what God is actually saying in the text. Anything outside of this is changes the true meaning of the Bible, and is re-wording God's Word. Please allow me to illustrate to you several terms that Mr. Peterson has used in his paraphrase that show that he did not directly translate the Greek and Hebrew text, and thus has changed not just God's actual meaning of key phrases and verses, but has removed key phrases from his paraphrase that directly change the actual words, phrases, and true message of God. This then makes The Message one man's interpretation and paraphrase rather than God's direct Word. Example 1: Please compare Matthew 6:9-13, the Lord's prayer, below with Mr. Peterson's version: Matthew 6:9-13 from the NIV:"Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. From The Message: "Our Father in heaven,Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what's best-As above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You're in charge!" Let me extract from Mr. Peterson's words, the phrase "As above, so below." This is the key phrase here that is not a direct translation of scripture, and it does not even come close. Here is why: This is a classic new-age term and phrase used widely in the new-age realm. It got its start, and has its main domain, in the new-age movement. It does not represent Christianity. If you do a Google search on the phrase you will see how many Wiccan, pagan, and new-age sites come up that use this phrase and its meaning. "As above, so below" agrees with the "immanent" new-age view that God is not only outside of creation, but also within creation. It means that God is "in" everyone and everything, and denotes the new-age concept of "One-ness." It is a pantheistic term. Pantheism has no place in Christianity or the Bible. It says all of the universe (the heavens and heaven), the cosmos, and the earth-everything existent in creation-is part of God, is one with God, and one with everything, in a form of new-age unity that opposes scripture and the true nature of God. From the new-age book written by Ronald S. Miller and the editors of "New Age Journal" titled "As Above, So Below": ..." 'As above, so below; as below, so above.' This maxim implies that the transcendent God beyond the physical universe and the immanent God within ourselves are one." Mr. Peterson should not be using this terminology to paraphrase the Bible when Christianity and God's terms and meanings are as opposite to the pagan new-age movement and their beliefs as night-time is to day-time. Mr. Peterson again presents a similar use of this new-age phrase in place of "in heaven" and "in earth" in Colossians 1:16: "For everything, absolutely everything, above and below..." Example 2: Mr. Peterson has directly removed key phrases and meanings from a lot of the scripture he has paraphrased. Let's look again at the Lord's prayer for a key example: The NIV: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.Your kingdom come. The Message: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; "Hallowed be Your name" has been totally removed, and not even rephrased and added back in with the rest of his words. "Your kingdom come" has also been removed. This essentially takes the actual words and meaning which the Lord Jesus spoke and changes what He actually said. It removes the expressed, exact meaning, and therefore it removes the value of the written text. "Reveal who you are" and "Hallowed be Your name" are not even close to having the same distinct meaning to each other. "Your kingdom come" and "Set the world right" do not even come close to having the same distinct meaning. Jesus was speaking directly of the Father's kingdom; Mr. Peterson is talking about the world in his paraphrase. This re-phrasing of the Lord's prayer changes the Lord Jesus' spoken words and teaching into flimsy "requests" that He did not say. He was not making requests, He was teaching us, sinful people, how to we are to approach a pure and holy God in prayer. Mr. Peterson has changed the true meaning and character of the scripture here. This is not a translation of true text. No man has any right to do this. The Bible is clear about that. There is plenty of warning in the Bible about removing from or adding to God's words and His distinct meanings. For example, Deuteronomy 4:2 "You shall not add to the word which I command you to observe, nor take anything from it..." Deuteronomy 12:32 "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it." Proverbs 30:5-6 "Every word of God is pure...Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar." Mr. Peterson has both added meanings that are not being represented by actual scripture and he has removed key phrases and meaning from the actual scripture, thus greatly changing the meaning in many parts. There are other verses that Mr. Peterson has done the same thing with as the examples above, but time does not allow for that here. Anyone can compare Mr. Peterson's words to the actual Word of God and see for themselves as a personal study. These are just a few examples of why Mr. Peterson's The Message should not be even referred to as a translation of the Bible. It is easy to accept and believe everything that comes along that is labeled "Christian", but the new-age movement is creeping into the Church and many Christians can't see it. Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." What I would like to know is, if Mr. Peterson is a Christian then why did he choose to use the new-age phrase "as above, so below" and from what source did he get it from?

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