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The Message

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The Message Remix, 2003

The Message was written by Eugene H. Peterson and first published in 1993. It is a contemporary paraphrase of the Holy Bible from the original languages, "crafted to present its tone, rhythm, events, and ideas in everyday language."

It was written in order to recreate the spirit of the original books of the New Testament, which were written in the street language of the day. The Greek language has two levels: formal and informal. If someone were to write something intended for posterity, they would write in the formal language. Formal language was used for things such as philosophy, law, history, and epic poetry. However, the New Testament was written in the informal language, the everyday speech of the common people.

The Message was written as an attempt to return to that, to convert the Bible back into the language in which we think and speak. Peterson notes that in the course of the project, he realized that this was exactly what he had been doing in his thirty-five years as a pastor, "always looking for an English way to make the biblical text relevant to the conditions of the people."

The Message was published in piecemeal over a nine year period. New Testament was published in 1993. The Old Testament Wisdom Books were published in 1998. The Old Testament Prophets were published in 2000. The Old Testament Pentateuch were released in 2001. The Books of History came out in 2002. The entire Bible was released the same year.

Bono is a supporter of The Message.

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The Message New Testament
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Message Editions in Print

The Old Testament

The Pentateuch: ISBN 1576831965
The Books of History: ISBN 1576831949
The Wisdom Books: ISBN 1576831264
The Prophets: ISBN 1576831957

The New Testament

Youth Edition: ISBN 0891097937
Text Edition: ISBN 0891097287

The Entire Bible

With verse markings: ISBN 1576834344
Without verse markings: ISBN 1576832899

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