The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition, HardcoverEugene H. Peterson, William GriffinNavPress / 2013 / Hardcover$24.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Timothy5 Stars Out Of 5A Message that Needs to be Heard by All CatholicsMay 21, 2018TimothyQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Depending on the person you ask, some will either say they love The Message while others will say it isn't worth the paper it is printed on. I, for one, am one of those who really enjoys it. The main reason is that it is so different compared to the standard formal equivalence translations available, like the NAB, RSV, or NRSV. While there are certainly differences between the main formal equivalence Catholic translations, they ultimately tend to have a similar feel and often translate passages in a similar way. This is no way the case with The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition. That is what makes this bible so uniqe and a helpful tool for reading the bible dynamically with fresh eyes, as well as making it a good translation to introduce your friends and family members who have perhaps shied away from reading the bible in the past. William Griffin translated the Deuterocanonical portions straight from the Nova Vulgata, which might makes it one of the only English translations from that Nova Vulgata Latin text. Of course, Eugene Peterson's translation is what is found, unchanged (except for Esther) for the remainder of the books. Each book comes with an introduction, with the Deutrocanonical ones done by Griffin.
In regards to the product itself, as with almost all editions of The Message that I have seen in the past, this text is arranged in a single-column format. For a more idiomatic Bible like this, it really has to be. Each page is very readable and the verse numbering, arranged by paragraph, are placed on the margins of the text. The text looks and feels like The Message, which is a good thing. Each biblical book is preceded by a short introduction, including the Deuterocanonical books. The Deuterocanonical books are placed in their proper Catholic order, as oppose to having them all bundled together between the Old and New Testaments. This volume also begins with new introductions from the translators Eugene Peterson and William Griffin. Peterson concludes his introduction by saying: "I am immensely grateful to my Catholic friends and colleagues for their encouragement to 'complete' The Message. I hope that it will lead to increased ecumenical use and dialogue."
In regards to size of the book, itself, it isn't meant to be portable. The size of the book comes in at 9.1 x 6.1 x 2.3 inches. So, it is a bit bulky, but not in the same way as found in the rather large New Jerusalem Bible standard edition. In the future, I would really like to see this Bible available in a more portable edition, much like the Remix editions which are currently available in the Protestant canon and are very popular.
The content and format of this edition is conducive to reading the Bible in large chunks. The Message remains popular in Protestant circles, and I know of a number of Catholics who take great comfort in reading from it. So, I am glad that there is finally a complete Catholic edition available for them and for all who are interested in seeing a rendering of the Bible in a fresh, unique way. Count me as one who has come to love and cherish The Message. Each day I am surprised to find myself reach for The Message Catholic for my daily lectio divina. I am grateful to the work and genius of Eugene Peterson, as well as the courage of ACTA and William Griffins in publishing an edition with the full Catholic canon.
"A final comparison. One can drink wine as it is and swallow hard or one can drink it mixed with water and enjoy it; hence, a book is good when it's written, but better when it's read. And so it is with mine." -2 Maccabees 15:39 (The Message)
Pastor Joseph BonaventuraSanta Monica, CAAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Another Great Bible !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!December 20, 2014Pastor Joseph BonaventuraSanta Monica, CAAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5To start with I have always liked the Message Bible. First I got the NT then the complete Bible and then the complete Bible with verse numbers. I am very picky about Bible translations and there content. The Message Bible makes it easy for everyone to read so now everyone can understand God's Word. Now we have the Catholic edition which is done very well. I am not a Catholic but most of my family is so this Bible makes it very easy for me to relate to them. If you are Catholic PLEASE BUY THIS BIBLE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!
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