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The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (MSG)


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Many people assume that a book about a holy God should sound elevated, stately, and ceremonial. If this is how you’ve always viewed the Bible, you’re about to make a surprising discovery. The Message brings the life-changing power of the New Testament, the vibrant passion of the Psalms, and the rich, practical wisdom of Proverbs into easy-to-read modern language that echoes the rhythm and idioms of the original Greek and Hebrew. Written in the same kind of language you’d use to talk with friends, write a letter, or discuss politics, The Message preserves the authentic, earthy flavor and the expressive character of the Bible’s best-loved books. Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years or are exploring it for the first time, The Message will startle and surprise you. And it will allow you to experience firsthand the same power and directness that motivated its original readers to change the course of history so many centuries ago.

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  • Title: The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language
  • Author: Eugene Peterson
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Print Publication Date: 2005
  • Logos Release Date: 2006
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible › English
  • Resource ID: LLS:1.0.165
  • Resource Type: Bible
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-05T15:16:46Z

Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018) was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He wrote more than thirty books, including his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, his memoir, The Pastor, and numerous works of biblical spiritual formation, including Run with the Horses, also available in a commemorative edition. Peterson was founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for twenty-nine years before retiring in 1991. With degrees from Seattle Pacific, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, he served as professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, until retiring in Lakeside, Montana, in 2006.


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  1. Chad W Smith

    Chad W Smith


    If this had been branded and sold as a commentary instead of a bible, I would be fine with it. But it's not. It is called a Bible. It is not a Bible. This is the word of a man, not the Word of God.

  2. Keith Allan Moore
    The Message is nothing more than a paraphrastic commentary and should not be marketed as a valid Bible translation. The author has taken great creative license with his "interpretation" and injected wildly liberal biases throughout, going so far as to add his own spin through the augmenting of words and phrases that are completely foreign to the original languages.

  3. Malcolm Hawkins
  4. Jim Talkington
    One of the most inaccurate "translations" out there. I used to use this until I began using various bible translation in parallel and realized how far off this book is. It is simply in left field on many main topics. I do not consider it worth having in my library. There are so many good translations. Holman, NASB, NIV, ESV. There is no need to use this misleading book.

  5. Johannes GM Richter
  6. Joshua



    I would prefer that this would be called a commentary, rather than a translation. A lot of opinion is added, while serious things are removed. Calling it a translation implies that the words in this book were intended by the original authors, which it most certainly was not. I think people would find more value if they understood it as 'Peterson's Commentary'

  7. Jose Daniel Rodriguez
  8. Dan Olin

    Dan Olin


  9. Rev. Delwyn and Sis. Lenita Campbell
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    Wilbert Bailey




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