Shelf Life Book Review: The Message Study Bible

Elliot Ritzema

The Message Study Bible
NavPress, 2012

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The Message Study Bible is a new edition of The Message, Eugene Peterson’s contemporary rendering of the Bible, with notes drawn from Peterson’s books, sermons and essays. Since Peterson has not written equally on all parts of the Bible, some biblical books have more notes than others. Even the reader who is familiar with all of Peterson’s books will discover new material, culled from unpublished writings. For the curious, the source for each note is given in the back.

While many study Bibles focus on connecting passages and giving background information on people, places, and things, The Message Study Bible takes a more contemplative, devotional track. Just like the text itself, Peterson’s notes emphasize the contemporary relevance of the Bible, inviting a personal response from the reader.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 4 No. 4