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Now for the first time and exclusively from ACTA Publications, The Message® features the deuteroncanonical books translated by William Griffin in The Message®: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition. Including the books of Judith, Tobit, Sirach, Wisdom, Baruch, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and additions to Esther and Daniel, all translated in the same contemporary American-idiomatic paraphrased style as the other editions of The Message®.
Eugene Peterson's The Message® is a fresh, compelling, insightful, challenging, faith-filled translation of the Bible into contemporary idiomatic American English and is first and foremost a reader's Bible. Eugene Peterson and William Griffin (translator of the deuterocanonical books) have made the Scriptures come alive again by translating them in a way that people can understand what God is trying to say to us today.
This Bible is meant to be read. The Message® is not meant to be a subsititue for your other bible translations. It is meant to sit next to them where you can pick it up and simply start reading. We hope it will send you back to your other translations with new insight and curiosity.
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EUGENE H. PETERSON is a writer, poet, and retired pastor. He has authored more than thirty-four books (not including The Message). He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Eugene also founded Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he ministered for twenty-nine years. After teaching at a seminary, he created The Message, a vibrant Bible paraphrase that connects with today's readers like no other.Review:
The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition by Eugene Peterson can awaken us anew to the power and beauty of the Scriptures. It is a translation of the complete Bible, including the Deuterocanonical books, into contemporary language that feels as if it were written especially for and to us today. I have found The Message to be a valuable resource for my personal reading and prayer and for discussion with both my Catholic and my Protestant brethren. --Most Reverend Gerald E. Wilkerson Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Los Angeles
"What an amazing prayer resource for preachers, teachers, students, seekers, and believers! Read and be inspired!"
Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, author, Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond --Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, author, Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond
...The creation of this Catholic version, said Pape, was much encouraged by Greg Pierce, publisher of ACTA, a small, Catholic-oriented press in Chicago.
"I discovered The Message by accident some years ago," explained Pierce. "I ran across an art book that contained several incredible images from the New Testament in The Message translation. I was blown away. I began to use it in my writings and encouraged my authors to do the same."
Pierce's enthusiasm was matched by that of Alice Camille, a Catholic author, columnist and educator. "The translators have mined these familiar pages for their original gold, uncovering the humor buried in what normally sounds like church talk," she told NCR. "When I'm reading a passage from The Message, I always say, 'Wow!', 'Shucks' and 'Amen,' not necessarily in that order. It's the difference between reading an account in a newspaper versus hearing it from a good friend who was there."
Commented Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr on the cover of the Catholic edition: "What an amazing prayer resource for preachers, teachers, students, seekers, and believers. Read and be inspired."
The Message translation is certainly not a literal one. It has been called an idiomatic translation, a paraphrasal translation, a rendering of the Bible using conversational language and figures of speech. Some critics have labeled it a "watered-down," distorted message, even a "comic book" Bible.... ---Robert McClory, National Catholic Reporter
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