Friday, October 31, 2008

The Message Bible by Eugene H. Peterson

I started reading through the entire Bible again a few weeks ago.

The version I chose to read was The Message: The Bible In Contemporary Language by Eugen H. Peterson.

Peterson retired in 1991 from pastoring for 29 years. But then he served at Regent College, Vancouver, BC for the next 15. The Message was published in 2002.

This is the first time I've read large sections of Scripture in The Message. Before I had used it for reference. But this time I'm just reading it.

It truly is a thrilling and enjoyable experience. Peterson effort in authoring this paraphrase of the Bible is nothing short of magnificent in my opinion.

I think the work is a wonderful resource to use in researching and trying to understand various passages but it is in the continuous reading that I think it truly shines.

1 comment:

Lori1955 said...

Sometimes I wonder if we need every version of the Bible to try to understand what it means. My pastor was reading a verse a couple weeks ago from a newer version than the one I have. There was a phrase missing in the newer version that changed the text entirely. I have to wonder what the Bible will say 100 years from now.