The Message: Eighteen Years of Breaking the Language Barrier

Many people say that they don’t read the Bible because it’s hard for them to understand. That’s why Eugene Peterson, then pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, began translating parts of the New Testament and Psalms from the original Greek and Hebrew into language that was easy for his congregation to understand.

The Message: Eighteen Years of Breaking the Language Barrier

These translations caught the eye of NavPress editor, Jon Stine, who urged Peterson to translate the entire New Testament (and ultimately the whole Bible) into contemporary American vernacular. The Message New Testament was released in June 1993 followed by a translation of the complete Bible in July of 2002.

The accessibility and readability of The Message have made it a perennial best seller. Even for many who have read the Bible through, reading The Message is like reading the Bible for the first time as it helps people understand some passages in a way they’ve never understood them before.

For more information about The Message, visit: messagebible.com.

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