Is The Message sending the wrong message?
July 21, 2007 5 Comments
Eugene Peterson is a retired pastor/scholar/author who wrote The Message:The Bible in Contemporary Language. We own a copy of Peterson’s popular work and have found it somewhat helpful in our studies.
There has been concern regarding the way Peterson has done his translating, especially from the folks who believe that the King James Version is the only version that is divinely inspired (I suppose we are all entitled to an opinion).
I currently am going through Paul’s first letter to Timothy and in studying verse 12 of Chapter 1,
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service…
Peterson’s translation says the following,
I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry.
Huh? “He went out on a limb?” How does a Being who is sovereign and outside of His Creation, ‘go out on a limb’? I do not have Peterson’s vast education and experience but frankly this theological point is not present in the literal translation.
Anyone else noticed doctrinal quirks like this in The Message?