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Word Come Alive is an expanded translation (paraphrase) of the New Testament by respected editor Martin Manser. Related phrases and background information are supplied in italics within the text to make its message more immediately understandable. It expresses the sense of the original text in contemporary, natural English for a powerful effect on readers. Fresh and incisive, this translation will make you sit up and think about what you are reading.
The Word Come Alive is for everyone, no matter the stage of their Christian journey. Experienced Christians familiar with the language of the Bible will find the text refreshing and challenging. Teachers and preachers will find this paraphrase to be a valuable and informative resource in their preparation. Readers without a knowledge of the Bible, but who want to understand its message, will find the text accessible and thought-provoking.
I have greatly enjoyed reading your paraphrase of the NT. Congratulations on such an excellent job...It reads smoothly and provides a very true but accessible version of the text. The quality of the English is...superb and the meaning of the passages picked up very well...This should have a very useful ministry...It will be of great benefit to many. You have a superb skill in expanding the Scripture, just enough, so helpfully.
—Derek Tidball, former Principal, London School of Theology; Visiting Scholar, Spurgeon’s College, London
Martin H. Manser has a BA honors degree in Language and Linguistics from York University, UK and an M Phil degree in modern German. He is a professional wordsmith, reference-book editor and lexicographer. Since 1980 he has compiled and edited over 200 reference books, especially Bible-reference titles and a wide range of English-language dictionaries. These include the Oxford Learner’s Pocket Dictionary (Oxford University Press), Macmillan Student’s Dictionary, Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary, Good Word Guide (Bloomsbury), the Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs, and more than ten thesauruses.
Manser has been Editor or Managing Editor of several study Bibles and Bible editions: the NIV Thematic Reference Bible (Zondervan & Hodder & Stoughton), the award-winning NIV Bible Speaks Today (IVP), the NRSV Cross-reference Bible (Oxford University Press), the NLT Christian Basics Bible (Tyndale), and NLT Spiritual Growth Bible (Christian Art). He edited Lion Book of Bible Quotations, the award-winning Collins Bible Companion, and I Never Knew That Was in the Bible (Thomas Nelson). He was also Revising Editor of the 8-million-word Matthew Henry Commentary (Zondervan).