Saturday, February 7, 2009
The Message - Making Holy Text Dramatic!
This kid from Stanwood, Washington grew up and got a LOT of education. Was a pastor for 39 years in Maryland. He remembers being gripped by the scripture, and its message.* And his people were apathetic. I will let him tell of the experience...
"While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren't feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek. Writing straight from the original text, I began to attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way. I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn't read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become 'old hat.'"
As he shared his version of Galatians with them, they quit stirring their coffee and started catching Paul's passion and excitement as he wrote to a group of Christians whom he was guiding in the ways of Jesus Christ. For more than two years, Peterson devoted all his efforts to The Message version of the Bible. His primary goal was to capture the tone of the text and the original conversational feel of the Greek, in contemporary English.
Since I read ahead yesterday, I thought I would share with you why I am reading through the Bible this year in the version called "The Message."
*If you are just joining us, I am reading through the Bible this year off of www.Biblegateway.com using the chronological sequence, and in the version called "The Message."