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Two popular Bible versions together for study and comparison. If your translation of choice is the New International Version (NIV), and if you appreciate The Message for the freshness and insight it brings to your reading of the Bible, then you’ll love the NIV/The Message Parallel Bible. The New International Version (NIV) is accurate, readable, and clear, yet rich with the Two popular Bible versions together for study and comparison. If your translation of choice is the New International Version (NIV), and if you appreciate The Message for the freshness and insight it brings to your reading of the Bible, then you’ll love the NIV/The Message Parallel Bible. The New International Version (NIV) is accurate, readable, and clear, yet rich with the detail found in the original languages, while The Message is treasured by countless people for the way its contemporary language illuminates ageless truths. By setting these two versions together, this large print parallel Bible allows you to instantly compare the NIV, today’s most popular modern-English Bible translation, and Eugene H. Peterson’s bestselling paraphrase, The Message. Features: Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) The story-like flow and conversational style of The Message Foreword from Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message paraphrase Double-column format Ribbon marker 10-point type size


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Two popular Bible versions together for study and comparison. If your translation of choice is the New International Version (NIV), and if you appreciate The Message for the freshness and insight it brings to your reading of the Bible, then you’ll love the NIV/The Message Parallel Bible. The New International Version (NIV) is accurate, readable, and clear, yet rich with the Two popular Bible versions together for study and comparison. If your translation of choice is the New International Version (NIV), and if you appreciate The Message for the freshness and insight it brings to your reading of the Bible, then you’ll love the NIV/The Message Parallel Bible. The New International Version (NIV) is accurate, readable, and clear, yet rich with the detail found in the original languages, while The Message is treasured by countless people for the way its contemporary language illuminates ageless truths. By setting these two versions together, this large print parallel Bible allows you to instantly compare the NIV, today’s most popular modern-English Bible translation, and Eugene H. Peterson’s bestselling paraphrase, The Message. Features: Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) The story-like flow and conversational style of The Message Foreword from Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message paraphrase Double-column format Ribbon marker 10-point type size

30 review for NIV, The Message, Side-by-Side Bible: Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison

  1. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    What a great year it’s been for reading! This year I read the whole Bible once, the Psalms multiple times, two translations of the New Testament, and three translations of the Gospels. My reading was aided by Leland Ryken’s Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible and, especially, the animated video series from The Bible Project, which I respect very highly. Though I always look at something from the Bible every day, it had been some time since I’d committed to a full read-through in one What a great year it’s been for reading! This year I read the whole Bible once, the Psalms multiple times, two translations of the New Testament, and three translations of the Gospels. My reading was aided by Leland Ryken’s Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible and, especially, the animated video series from The Bible Project, which I respect very highly. Though I always look at something from the Bible every day, it had been some time since I’d committed to a full read-through in one year. To keep things interesting this year, I chose to read through Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase, The Message. This was a bit of a fun challenge for myself, because I remember when that version was published and I (being even snobbier than I am now) disdained it, not wanting the Bible to feel so colloquial and common. Obviously I’ve changed in the years since, because I really enjoyed it this year. Much of the Old Testament comes through beautifully, and the Gospels are especially fantastic in Peterson’s version. The epistles didn’t shine quite as brightly for me, and the Psalms were much harder to take. But overall, I found The Message to be quite good. The edition I read is a side-by-side volume with the NIV and The Message, and that was an excellent way to get into The Message, being able to quickly glance over to the NIV to see how a phrase looks in a translation style I’m more familiar with. As I said in another review recently, I believe people respond to the Bible according to what they assume it’s supposed to be. Related to that, I think it’s easy for people to take small sections of the Bible and assume that they can extrapolate from that bit to the whole book, and then from that idea of the whole book to the very concept of God. This can be true of people who abhor God and the Bible and of people who love God and the Bible. The answer to this shallow understanding is to take on the Bible as a whole book, and to do the work of digging deeper than just the immediate surface impressions. Even though the books of the Bible were written by different people, and across hundreds of years and many square miles, the Bible tells one unified story. Our task, if we really want to understand it—not blindly accepting it or blindly scorning it—is to learn about the original cultural and historical contexts, to ask all the hard questions of the Bible and then seek the answers, rather than ignoring those questions or assuming that the very posing of such questions destroys the idea of God. For all of these reasons, I recommend reading the Bible straight through, assisted by additional study tools that open up the fascinating contexts and connections. It’s a book like no other, and it rewards serious contemplation and study. The Bible Project YouTube channel The daily reading plan I followed this year

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elliothd

    Ok so if you want a book that will change your life, this is it! It's a great love story with romance and battles, good and evil, real life stories of people! I'll give away the ending... Love wins! The main subjects.. God.. His blessed son Jesus whom was sacrificed as the Lamb and took all my iniquities for ever and ever. And the Holy Spirit, who is with me always. There is the Devil. Satan. He is the Prince of the World. But he's a liar. He's relentless. Still, when I read John 3:16 I cried.I Ok so if you want a book that will change your life, this is it! It's a great love story with romance and battles, good and evil, real life stories of people! I'll give away the ending... Love wins! The main subjects.. God.. His blessed son Jesus whom was sacrificed as the Lamb and took all my iniquities for ever and ever. And the Holy Spirit, who is with me always. There is the Devil. Satan. He is the Prince of the World. But he's a liar. He's relentless. Still, when I read John 3:16 I cried.I first read it at 19 and then said yes to Jesus. I love this book and daily re-read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    It is nice to be able to compare the NIV and Message together. I am much too lazy to sit down with two books. I actually will take this to church and hear the preacher give commentary on a passage that is quite close to the Message. The Message is obviously easier to understand but I like how it unveils a lot of the historically specific terms and events right in the passage.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dave Cazeau

    The way I think the Text should be read in today’s time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacki

    I asked for a Bible in The Message. Eugine Peterson has a way of giving the Bible a clearer voice. He brings poetry back into God's word. Verses that I've read and heard and memorized a million times over are renewed in The Message. It gives me a chance to stop and think about them again instead of gliding over them like I'm prone to do. My brother bought me this parallel Bible because he knew the importance of having a tested and trusted translation to balance out Eugine's creative side. Fair en I asked for a Bible in The Message. Eugine Peterson has a way of giving the Bible a clearer voice. He brings poetry back into God's word. Verses that I've read and heard and memorized a million times over are renewed in The Message. It gives me a chance to stop and think about them again instead of gliding over them like I'm prone to do. My brother bought me this parallel Bible because he knew the importance of having a tested and trusted translation to balance out Eugine's creative side. Fair enough. I've enjoyed comparing the two, digging a little deeper into what's being said and how I understand it. But what I've really appreciated in this edition of the Bible (and really, why I'm writing this review) are the introductions to each book of the Bible. Each introduction is as insightful and profound as a sermon and as compact as a daily devotional. I have highlighted the introductions as much as I highlight the actual Biblical text. The footnotes throughout the Bible are also very helpful. All in all, I have been able to go to deeper depths in my daily Bible reading with this parallel Bible. It may not be very portable (that's what the Bible App is for), but it is a fantastic tool for digging deeper into God's word.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This was given to me by my "brother" at work. My version is purple with a beautiful bookcase he bought me to go with it. Sometimes trying to understand the verbage of the bible is a little disconcerting. This version tells you what they are saying, then translates into every day English. This was given to me by my "brother" at work. My version is purple with a beautiful bookcase he bought me to go with it. Sometimes trying to understand the verbage of the bible is a little disconcerting. This version tells you what they are saying, then translates into every day English.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amos Smith

    When I do Bible studies I often look at a number of translations. These two are my consistent favorites. Great to have them in one volume! -Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots) When I do Bible studies I often look at a number of translations. These two are my consistent favorites. Great to have them in one volume! -Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joey Reed

    What could be better than the Bible in a modern language paraphrase streamlined for comprehension? Having the Bible in a modern language paraphrase streamlined for comprehension alongside a traditional word-for-word, phrase-for-phrase translation for study. Buy this Bible.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roma

    Committed to reading Message yearly readin plan. So far staying on track with lots of help. Learning lots and having fun studying maps of locations as I am reading this history book of God's. Amazing stories of love and forgiveness and compassion. Committed to reading Message yearly readin plan. So far staying on track with lots of help. Learning lots and having fun studying maps of locations as I am reading this history book of God's. Amazing stories of love and forgiveness and compassion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    this book is my fav. of all. It gave an amzing lutheran foundation to my life, and without it, i dont know what i would do. It taught me that God sent his son to die, and take away our sins, and rose from the dead! How amazing is this book! I reccomend this book for absolutely EVERYONE!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shasta

    Love the side by side NIV and Message translations

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Cook

    I try to read a little of the Bible everyday.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Pendzich

    This is my favorite Bible. I love the message translation. It makes reading the Bible more understandable, but I still use the NIV often. We use the NIC at church and for reading the new testament.

  14. 4 out of 5

    LitGarden

    I love to read God's Word and get a fresh persepective from the Message. Makes my mind think! I love to read God's Word and get a fresh persepective from the Message. Makes my mind think!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Simmons

    Reading daily a chapter in Proverbs, and reading through other books in the bible chapter by chapter.

  16. 4 out of 5

    babyhippoface

    I try to live by it, even though I do mess up a LOT.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    GO THE BIBLE!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Xzon Brown

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Brewer

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pat Bretheim

  21. 4 out of 5

    J

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna Friedrich

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alise Guerra

  24. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Balfour

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Blatzheim

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carole Bailey

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jason Archer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kay

  30. 4 out of 5

    Renea Holden

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