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Old 07-06-2005, 07:39 PM   #1
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The Message: Heartily Endorsed by the B-Man Himself!

(But that's not why I picked it up.)

I was out looking for books tonight with my sister, and while looking among the Christianity section, I noticed a few copies of The Message, the Bible translation in "plain English." I flipped through it and was intrigued (and, yes, caught Bono's on the back cover).

I've started to read some of it, and I must say that I do find it startlingly clear, emotive, and even reverent without losing its plainspoken quality. Anyone else familiar with The Message? Anyone have any thoughts?
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:46 AM   #2
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I haven't heard of it, no, but I'm due for a brouse through some new books, so I might check this out.
Do you know who the publisher is?
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Old 07-07-2005, 05:56 AM   #3
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Actually, if it wasn't for Bono's involvement, I would never have known it existed. I do like it, however, because it tries to rip away all the overly ornate language that we've done over the last 2000 years of translations. After all, the New Testament, in particular, was written in completely informal language.

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It is by Eugene H. Peterson (Navpress Publishing Group), and I've read the entire NT. I like the language and the emphasis on paragraphs instead of verses. I'm reading the OT now. I know there are some other folks here that read it too.
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It is good to add this to a mix of versions to get a better understanding of Scripture. While it make increase general understanding, there are some key terms and phrases that may get lost as they relate to other passages of Scripture.
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I have it and have pretty much just looked up verses in it here and there to get another view. I've read some smaller books. I'm planning to start reading the NT soon. I love how it's written. I'm glad to hear you picked it up and are enjoying it. FYI, there's The Message remix, and I think it has the verses in it if you're the type of person who needs them in there. It was different for me at first, but I enjoy reading it more like plain letters, you know?
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I've searched online and found three versions : "the message bible","the message, new testament with psalms and proverbs" and "the message promise book".

I'm assuming you're talking about the Psalm-one?

I'm searching for a bible explanatory book, so if you have a recommendation, I'd appreciate it. Thanks
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FYI, there's The Message remix, and I think it has the verses in it if you're the type of person who needs them in there.
Yeah. That's what I have. I like being able to quote things...heh.

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I've come to realize that from you. : )
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I really like The Message translation

I discovered it after Bono used The Message translation for the Psalm he said at the Super Bowl performance. It's written very well, I'm a fan.
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It is good to add this to a mix of versions to get a better understanding of Scripture. While it make increase general understanding, there are some key terms and phrases that may get lost as they relate to other passages of Scripture.
I agree
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I got The Message for Christmas last year, and I really enjoy it. Like others have said, it makes things so plain and clear that can really be obscured by the usual ornate, antiquated language used in many translations.
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Anyone have answer to my above posted question?

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I have flipped through The Message translation of the NT and from a couple of passages I read, I liked it. Hopefully I will come across it again.
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