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The Message: Psalms (The Message)
The archaic, flowing language of the King James Bible is perhaps at its most glorious in the Book of Psalms. The beauty of the words, however, can easily overshadow and even obscure their meanings. In this elegant book--that makes both a priceless gift and an inspiring traveling companion--Peterson interprets the Psalms in clear and familiar, easy-to-understand English.
(first published March 31st 1994)
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Feb 16, 2011 Douglas Wilson rated it it was ok · review of another edition
Peterson has done good work elsewhere, but this kind of thing is really problematic. The Psalms are one of the poetic glories of human civilization, but this rendering is just casual, breezy, and cliche-ridden. Like going to a reception at Buckingham Palace in gym shorts and flip flops.
As I started reading Peterson's take on perhaps the greatest collection of poetry ever, I found the language to be unique and refreshing and satisfying. By the time I reached Psalm 72, I found it redundant and stale. I admire his thorough effort to dig into the Psalms and translate them into a modern vernacular. But, The Message does not express the invigorating Good News that other translations do so well.
Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. For many years he was James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary translation of t ...moreMore about Eugene H. Peterson...