The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language


The Message is a reading Bible translated from the original Greek and Hebrew Scriptures by scholar, pastor, author, and poet Eugene Peterson. It has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by twenty biblical scholars. The Message combines the cadence and energy of conversational English with the authority of God’s Word. What makes The Message the best reading Bible? You can feel the impact of a Bible translated into conversational English. Additional features include: a familiar one-column design; unique verse-numbered paragraphs; handcrafted timelines and charts; a satin ribbon marker to keep your place.


About the Author

Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, writer, and poet. After teaching at a seminary and then giving nearly 30 years to church ministry in the Baltimore area, he created The Message-a vibrant Bible paraphrase that connects with today’s readers like no other.

It took him a full 10 years to complete. He worked not from any English text but from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek manuscripts, to guarantee authenticity. At the same time, his ear was always tuned to the cadence and energy of contemporary English.

Peterson and his wife, Jan, now live in his native Montana. They are the parents of three and the grandparents of six.

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