Bestselling Bible, The Message, Now Available In a New Study Bible The Message Study Bible Commemorating Its Ten Year Anniversary
Imagine having access to Eugene H. Peterson’s personal notes and reflections as he was translating one of today’s most beloved and bestselling versions of the Bible, The Message. Well, now readers can.
NavPress’ newest release, The Message Study Bible, provides readers the groundbreaking translation of The Message with gleanings from a lifetime of personal study by Pastor Eugene H. Peterson. The Message Study Bible combines Peterson’s explanations and observations with The Message text. The Message Study Bible includes 640 study notes from his writings and sermons, contemplative readings and prayers, and an introductory, exclusive “Reading the Scriptures” essay.
For example, in Deuteronomy 31, versus 9-13, Peterson imparts this explanation:
“The words I have translated ‘holy awe before God’ (verse 12) is from the Hebrew phrase ‘fear the Lord.’ The Bible isn’t consumed with getting us to believe in God. It assumes that everyone more or less does. What it’s interested in is our response to him. Will we let God be who he is, majestic and holy, vast and wondrous? Or will we always be trying to whittle him down to size, confining him within boundaries we’re comfortable with? But then we aren’t dealing with the God of creation, the God of the Exodus, The God of the Resurrection. Rather, we’re dealing with a reproduction made in our own image, something that’s attractive to the masses so it can be marketed to the masses. To guard against all such blasphemous chumminess with the Almighty, the Bible talks of the ‘fear of the Lord.’ And it does so not to scare us but to bring us to an awesome attention before the overwhelming grandeur of God.”
The Message is a contemporary rendering of the Bible from the original languages, crafted to present the tone, rhythm, events, and ideas to American English. This year marking its 10th Anniversary, The Message has sold more than 16 million units sold and comes highly recommended and endorsed by contemporaries including Bono, J.I. Packer, Max Lucado and Amy Grant.